This is a series of paintings done over a span of 10 years covering views of Hastings old town which is situated between two hills; The West hill and the East hill. Running down to the sea at one end, these hills give spectacular views of the rooftops of the old town nestling in the valley below. while most of the original paintings have been sold I still print limited reproduction editions of giclée prints from the high resolution scans taken of the originals. Other prints of Hastings old town can be found on the etching page of this site under Etchings of Hastings Where there is both an etching and a giclée print of the same image I will be indicating this under the image. For more information, photos and sometimes heated discussion please visit Hastings Old Town appreciation Group (HOTAG) on Facebook
Hastings Old Town, East Sussex.. Hastings is best known for its connection with the Battle of Hastings in 1066 which actually occurred north of the town at Senlac Hill in Battle. Hastings was one of the Cinque ports, It still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in Europe
Since moving to Hastings in 2005 I have done numerous Paintings and etchings of the town concentrating mainly on the old town with a a separate group of images of the coastline beneath the cliffs that separate Hastings fishing beach from Rye Bay to the East.
Stretching from Rock-a-Nore to Fairlight this is a treacherous stretch of coast with shingle, rock pools, barnacle covered boulders and shifting wet sand. Periodic rockfalls and swiftly incoming tides make this almost the exclusive preserve of locals (and nudists!) and a rich source of imagery which is covered on this site by Coastal textures and leads also to Abstract
Please see Hastings etchings for original black and white etching prints of Hastings old town
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Autumn Roofs, Hastings Old Town Golden Autumnal light on roofs of Hastings, East Sussex at the seaward end of the Old Town.
Hastings in the Pink Pink autumn light washes the roofs of buildings nestling at the foot of the West Hill at the top end of the old town.
Oranges … and … lemons are two paintings that were painted side by side. As they were being done the colour of the light in each gave rise to the working title of Oranges and Lemons. It was only after several days of painting that I realised the church in the foreground of Oranges was St Clements …. The names stuck!
Orange light light on the roofs of the Old Town viewed from the West Hill with St Clements church just below the brow of the hill.
and … Lemons
Lemon yellow light on the roofs of Hastings’ Old Town as it tumbles toward the sea. View from the West Hill.
Two views of the East Hill
Often purchased as a set, although the views are slightlty different are the two views of the East hill in opposite Seasons
East Hill Sun
Late afternoon sunshine casts long shadows across the Old Town, Hastings and lights up the East Hill with its funicular railway.
East Hill Snow
Snow on the East Hill, the funicular railway and the roofs of houses in the Old Town, Hastings.
Another Popular Hastings Roofs “pair”
The first two Roof paintings I did with a rather obvious gap between paintings!
Summer sunshine colouring the roofs of houses in the Old Town.
Old Town roofs, Hastings
Snow on the roof of St Clement’s and the houses of the Old Town, Hastings.
Hastings – Streets and Views of the old town
Although the Hastings Roofs series of giclée prints are probably my most well known Old town prints these prints of Hastings old town are more specific views of individual streets.
All Saints Street, Hastings
All Saints Street in the Old Town; leading up to The Stag and All Saints church from Winkle Island and the the Stade. Etching of same view
High Street Snow
The day after boxing day 2006. A rare blanket of overnight snow coats the historic seaside town of Hastings, East Sussex. The street lamps cast an orange glow on the scene at the top of the High Street opposite the FILO, (First in last out) pub. Time for a pint and a chance to warm those frozen fingers in front of a roaring fire.
Coburg Place, Hastings
Steps from Croft road behind St Clements’s church in Hastings, leading up Cobourg Place and winding steeply up to the West Hill.
Church passage, snow
Early morning snow in Church Passage leading down past St Clement’s church to the High Street in the old town, Hastings, East Sussex.
Croft Road, Hastings
Winding around St Clements church from Swan Terrace, and then up to the West Hill, Croft Road is well known for being the Road featured in the TV series Foyle’s War.
High Street, Hastings
Top of the High Street in the Old Town. The raised pavement opposite the FILO and leading up to the Stables Theatre.
A stormy autumnal sky behind a dilapidated fishing boat on Hastings beach.
Appear in a Different Light,
An ebbing tide and in early morning sunlight Hastings pier is reflected on the wet sand a year before the pier burnt down.
Where prints available: Archival quality giclée reproduction prints of Hastings old town by Colin Bailey from original oil and acrylic on Paper, board or canvas. Limited edition of 250 reproduction giclée prints on Hahnemuehle 310gsm “German etching paper” 10 ins 15 ins. with 21.5 ins x 16.5 ins mount