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Take two left-handers and one art exhibition
10:10am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A PAIR of artists from Lyme Regis are teaming up for the first time to present an exhibition of their paintings and prints.
David Austin and David Manners will present their collections at the Town Mill Malthouse this weekend,October 26 and 27.
The display, called ‘The Two Left-Handers’ aims to shows a unique view of the town through 50 pieces of work.
The pair are more qualified than most to present a unique view of Lyme, as they have both lived in the town for a combined 109 years.
The exhibition marks a triumph for the two left handers, both of whom have become successful artists in spite of early ‘cack-hander’ discouragement and no training.
Despite his lack of schooling, David Austin has been painting and drawing commercially for 17 years, selling his huge seascapes at local galleries and illustrating books, magazines and CD covers.
An acclaimed calligrapher, he has also been much in demand and recently produced the calligraphed scroll presented to more than 2,000 for Guitars on the Beach.
David Manners’ rise in the art world has been recent and meteoric. He never picked up a paintbrush during his years as a teacher, spending his spare time in charge of the town’s lifeboat. He spent 12 years as helicopter aircrew in the Royal Navy Reserve, retiring in 2001 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
After being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder following his experiences in the Bosnian war, he took up painting as part of his therapy and after posting some on Facebook, he was inundated with requests to buy and commissions.
In less than a year he has created more than 100 oil paintings and has just returned from Wilmington, North Carolina, where he now has a permanent gallery selling his art.
David has also been offered two big shows next year in Louisville and Boston.
The exhibition at The Malthouse is open 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The show will also exhibit a collection of textile designs by David Austin’s daughter Cara Louise, taken from her recent textiles degree graduation show.
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