"When artist Chris Cyprus first tried to capture the magical colours of twilight in his beloved Mossley, little did he know he was painting the first of a series that would span over a decade, run to 250 images and see him featured on prime-time BBC.
That series, called Northern Lights — instantly recognisable for its palette of striking blues, oranges and yellows — is now at an end; and at Contemporary Six in Manchester, thirty-seven paintings will be on display, including #230 — the painting featured on The One Show.
The premise of the series is simple: scenes of everyday northern life illuminated by both the setting sun, and the distinctive warm glow of sodium street lighting. The subject matter is down-to-earth and instantly relatable - from pubs and chippies to bus stops, garages and back alleyways - but these familiar scenes took on a new profundity when in 2015, a UK-wide Government programme to replace the evocative orange bulbs in street lighting with more environmentally friendly LEDs.
"My painting took on a new significance," said Chris. "I felt like I was chronicling the end of an era. I'm fully supportive of the green credentials of the new lighting - and the cost saving for cash strapped councils across the forgotten North — but I won't half miss those magical moments when the orange street lamps crank up at dusk."