York Fine Arts
York Fine Arts
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsArt GalleriesArchitectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
York Fine Arts has been a family run, established art gallery for over 40 years with an international reputation for sourcing high quality traditional and contemporary fine art. The gallery is situated in an idyllic 15th Century building only minutes from the Minster in the heart of York. We specialise in traditional and contemporary fine art from established British and international artists, ranging from original oil paintings and watercolours to signed limited edition prints and bronze sculpture. We also offer a number of services including international shipping, custom framing, wedding registry, art restoration and valuation services.
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Corey W
Harrogate, UK30 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We visited York today to take advantage of the gorgeous day. One of the first places my husband and I walked into was York Fine Arts at 83 Low Petergate. We were looking for original art pieces and popped in to look around. Upon entering my husband walked to the back of the store while I stayed up from looking at the art on the wall in front of the check-out till. The owner was sitting down behind the till checking out a man and a woman. When he told her how much it was going to be, she pulled cash out of her wallet. When she handed him the money, there was a 5£ note, and the owner told her that was no longer accepted currency, and told she could turn it in, or he would take it and "give it to an American, because they won't know the difference". As I stood with my back back to the till looking at the art, my mouth dropped open, because I am an American, and trust me, I know the difference on current currency and expired. I walked to the back of the store and told my husband what had just occurred, and he promptly put down the art and said we were leaving. Upon leaving the owner asked if we were alright an needed help with anything, and my husband replied "give your 5£ to an American". Sooo -- to you York Fine Arts, not only did you lose a pretty big sale today, we will NEVER come back in your store again and will tell all of our "American" friends what you did today, and I'm pretty sure they won't be coming in your store in the future. Next time, be careful what you say in your store out loud.. you never know when an "American" will be in your store.. we all look alike.
Written March 24, 2018
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I am so sorry to hear that you felt disappointed by your experience at York Fine Arts, but appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. As an American myself, I can certainly appreciate your sentiment and frustration when you felt you were stereotyped. Saying this, I can personally assure you that our owner meant nothing malicious with his comment, nor would he ever knowingly give expired currency to any of our customers, be they American or otherwise. The British sense of humour can be very dry; but regardless of this fact, your experience has been a valuable reminder that while many of the overseas visitors we receive throughout the year enjoy this kind of 'banter', others might not and could take offence. I have no doubt that had the issue been raised then and there, Alan would have happily explained this in person and done his best to make you feel welcome and put your mind at rest. However, as this was not the case, if you would like to send me an email at your convenience, we will do our best to make things right to ensure that you leave with the same kind of positive experience that so many of our overseas visitors and clients have come to treasure. Warm regards, Deanna Dawkins Gallery Manager deanna@yorkfineartsonline.co.uk
Written March 27, 2018
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CharlesFrench
London, UK2 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
My girlfriend and I visited York for a couple of days on a short trip of Yorkshire last week and came across York Fine Arts while walking down one of the older commerce streets, just after 'The Shambles' and before the Minster. From the initial peeking through the eye catching window we explored the 3 floors of the gallery and discovered a whole treasure chest of breathtaking oil paintings, prints and bronze scultptures. Being an artist herself, my girlfriend was in art heaven!
We spent a good 30minutes witnessing some spectacular works of traditional local landscape scenes and more contemporary interpretations.
The staff were very well informed and very helpful when asked about certain scenes and artists. They even let me use the toilet!
In response to the last review of the salesperson coming across arrogant, it seemed to me that he just had a very unique sense of humour, which was more charming than anything. If I wanted to be talked to like a robot then I would visit any other chain, but the owner showed individual character, much like the gallery itself!
A must place to visit when visiting York.
Wonderful!
Written September 21, 2018
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Dear Charles, Thank you so much for sharing your experience at York Fine Arts. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found it as full of charm, character and quality fine art as we do. Our team of staff work very hard to ensure our visitors have a positive experience, so we thank you for taking the time to leave us such wonderful feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery in the future. Warm regards, Deanna Dawkins Gallery Manager
Written September 25, 2018
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indiagracegort
London, UK2 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
A wonderful selection of fine art in the beautiful town of York. Immerse yourself in the detail and enjoy the ambiance.
Written July 18, 2017
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Thank you for your kind review. The gallery prides itself on the high quality of artwork exhibited and the experience of the gallery visit and we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed both. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Philip Short Managing Director
Written July 22, 2017
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Martyn S
Lancaster, UK43 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
This was our second visit and it was impossible to leave empty handed! A brilliant selection of original pieces and limited edition prints at very reasonable prices.No doubt we will be back!
Written January 27, 2017
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Thank you so much for your second visit and for your kind words. We are thrilled to hear that you are continuing to enjoy our collection, and look forward to welcoming you to the gallery again soon.
Written January 30, 2017
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459SarahP
London, UK1 contribution
May 2013 • Solo
If you like quality, British, original oil paintings then this gallery is definitely worth visiting. What a gem; I literally could have spent hours looking at the wide selection of paintings scattered over the 3 winding floors of this historic building. There is something for everyone, varying from prints to large original oil paintings and the owner is very happy to pass on his wealth of Yorkshire knowledge! Being a family run business there was not the 'stuffy' feel about it like so many other art gallery's which meant I was able to take my time. As I don't live in York, the gallery were able to offer a delivery service which arrived when they said and in perfect condition. I would definitely recommend this gallery and look forward to my return.
Written June 29, 2013
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Gareth H
West Yorkshire, UK3 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
I was visiting York and happened to walk past the shops like most people would and this shop enticed me in - I will point out that although I may like certain items I am not an art critic by any standards

I was expecting to stroll around the shop and most likely leave without a purchase but a certain pastel by Ian rawling titled Talbot Lago (wasn’t aware before) especially struck my attention and after speaking with a very helpful person, Kirsty I believe who was at the desk I was then suddenly enquiring about a few items. Kirsty was engaging and helpful and even entertained a bit of my Yorkshire cheekiness in a bulk purchase with another (Jay Nottingham)

I was now in receipt of my first quality paintings and as I wanted the frames to match this wasn’t an issue at all and details were taken to have this dealt with in a reasonable timescale and I left a happy Chappie indeed

I have since been very busy/away and the staff at York fine arts have been very accommodating in waiting for my return - there has been great communication from Deanna so I cannot praise them enough

I would highly recommend 😄
Written May 9, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review for the gallery and our hardworking team, who go above and beyond to help visitors discover their next masterpiece. Sharing the joys of fine art and promoting the artists behind it are truly the best parts of our jobs! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit, our collection and a bit of good ole' fashioned Yorkshire hospitality, which we are always more than happy to provide. We very much hope you will continue to enjoy your newest acquisitions for many years to come.
Written July 26, 2023
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Michael B
Lancaster6 contributions
Dec 2021
Lovely gallery with a wide range of paintings. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. We purchased a Clare Haley landscape which we love, enhanced by the great service from this gallery.
Written December 8, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such kind words about your experience at York Fine Arts. It really means the world to us! Clare's paintings are some of our favourites and we couldn't be happier for such a beautiful painting to find its forever home with such lovely people. We very much hope you will enjoy your new painting for many years to come and look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery in the future.
Written December 12, 2021
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thomrp
London, UK5 contributions
Jul 2019
We visited this fantastic gallery while on a recent trip to York. There's a broad selection of quality art available, and the staff were attentive in taking time to talk about our preferences and make suggestions accordingly. Definitely worth a visit if you're a fan and collector of beautiful paintings!
Written September 15, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience at York Fine Arts. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and found our staff helpful. We do hope you'll come back to visit us again soon!
Written October 31, 2019
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Spawnofthedevil
Castleford3 contributions
Sep 2019
It is very rare to find people who are as knowledgable and enthusiastic as found here. I travelled many miles to leave an old 1860's painting to be restored and subsequently framed. The price quoted was fair and and remained fixed when payment was made. The quality of the restoration is superb and the painting will now take pride of place in our living room. I wouldnt hesitate in recommending them for a similar service and look forward to re-visiting the shop soon.
Written September 9, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such wonderful feedback about the gallery and our restoration service. It was an absolute pleasure to help restore 'Sarah' to her former glory; the fine work of our restorer never ceases to amaze and delight even us! We hope you and your family will enjoy your restored painting for many, many years to come and look forward to welcoming you to the gallery on your next visit to York.
Written September 10, 2019
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Gregg M
Rochester, UK791 contributions
Sep 2019
When my premium bond comes up I shall be spending it here . My wife and I are working class , we pop into galleries now and again . Due to Alans most gentlemanly ,charismatic , welcome it made the whole experience wishing we had the money to purchase TRUE art , none of this, " dot goes for a walk becomes a line " nonsense. The collection is wonderful , if you have the propensity for fine art then visit here. Will be back for sure ,funds permitting . Much gratitude to Alan .
Written September 9, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a glowing review about your visit to the gallery and the service you received from Alan. We believe art should be enjoyed by everyone; so it really means the world to us that you felt welcome and at home in our care. Regardless of funds, we very much hope you will come back to see us, say hello and enjoy our collection in the future. It was an absolute pleasure meeting you both, Gregg and Heather!
Written September 9, 2019
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