Exhibition: Richard Griffin artwork at Chasewater Innovation Centre

Portraits of stars from Sting to Judi Dench have gone on show as part of a new exhibition.

Burntwood artist Richard Griffin is showcasing his work at Chasewater Innovation Centre, between Burntwood and Brownhills, throughout this month, with individual works ranging from rock stars to landscapes.

The 63-year-old private music teacher has been painting since he was a teenager but has dedicated more time to his passion since leaving his job as a school music teacher in 2006.

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Mr Griffin, from Squirrels Hollow, said: “We had art classes in school and I have dabbled with painting since I was in my teens. 

“I am mainly self-taught and I take inspiration from pictures in books or magazines. I enjoy painting landscapes, trees, lakes and mountains. When I left my day job it gave me more time to paint and experiment with different techniques.”

Mr Griffin said his love of music has  inspired a number of the artworks in the collection.

He said: “I enjoy painting famous musicians and faces that people will recognise from the 1960s to the present day.

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“There is an odd one out and that is actress, Dame Judi Dench. 

“I painted her about three years ago when I began to experiment with different styles.

“The painting of Sting has more detail  than the others, this is to make it look more like a photograph. It is painted in black and grey and painted on thin plywood.

“Other portraits are painted in a poster style where I don’t blend the paint so as you move away from the picture it looks more real.

“Other famous musicians I have painted include Eva Cassidy and Miles Davis.

“Again I am a big fan of Bob Dylan, I have painted more than one picture of him.

The free exhibition is running until January 24 at the Country Park on Pool Lane and all paintings on display are all for sale, priced between £50 and £500. 

For more information, call 01543 370737.

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