John is the picture of kindness as he hosts charity exhibition
An artist whose work is inspired by the Ribble Valley is celebrating half a century in the business with a special charity exhibition.
John Chapman (71) will host the public event between Friday and Sunday at East Lancashire Hospice.
The former technical illustrator has supported the hospice for more than a decade – and his latest exhibition will add even more funds to its pot.
He said: “Over the past 50 years I have never stopped painting.
“If I am not painting or drawing I am out gathering material for my next study.
“Some paintings are from my own personal collection and the money from any piece sold at the exhibition will go to the hospice – every last penny.
“It’s a good cause which I have supported for a number of years.
“The paintings can take several weeks to complete while others take a few days.
“I love seeing the whole composition come together.”
John started his dream career after being made redundant.
He made his name in the art world thanks to his intricate attention to detail when painting transport, farming and coastal scenes.
He began by depicting locomotives and railways, before moving onto street scenes and village life in places like Downham, Whalley and Blackburn in the 1950s and 60s.
His first major exhibition was at W. H. Patterson’s Gallery in Mayfair and he has had commissions from Wedgewood for plate designs.
He has also produced two books of paintings, book covers, jigsaws and Harrods products.
Sharon Crymble, fund-raising manager at East Lancashire Hospice, said: “John has a talent for capturing the atmosphere and expression in his paintings and the calendars and Christmas cards he creates for the hospice are very popular.
“The exhibition is a great chance to see a unique collection of local scenes and a chance to purchase a piece of history – and help to raise money for a good cause at the same time.”