Scarborough is an artist born in Sheffield, England in 1938. He is most
famous for painting humorous scenes of Sheffield life - everyday "real"
images of the life and people of South Yorkshire. As a face worker at
the Thorpe Hesley colliery, he was inspired to paint by the contrast of
the darkness of the mines and the lightness of the real world above the
ground. In 1968 disenchantment with the pits led to numerous jobs - labourer,
municipal park gardener and a washer upper for some years, nurturing a
dream to be a full-time painter. For years he pushed a handcart, packed
with paintings round all his local pubs selling what he could in almost
folkloric-like tradition, becoming at times like the characters he went
on to portray in later scenes. His paintings were popular and sold, sometimes
for as much as £10 - an encouragement that led to his life-long dream
being realised. His first one-man show lasted for two years at the Attic
Cafe near Sheffield's main bus station. One-man and mixed exhibitions
followed which took the everyday scenes of Yorkshire life from Sheffield
to Rotherham to London to San Francisco to Chicago and back to Sheffield.
Scarborough's paintings now appear in several major collections and numerous
works have been imprinted. The images, the humour, the friendships, the
story telling is still the same. His largest work dominates the entrance
to the Odeon Cinema in Sheffield - a mural depicting the history of Sheffield.