New exhibition to display work of ex–Horncastle artist
A WATERCOLOUR artist from Barnsley who honed his craft at Horncastle’s life drawing class is having his works displayed at Louth Museum.
Leslie Keys painted thousands of studies on the docks of Grimsby, Goole and Immingham before his death in 2005.
Around 90 pieces of work form the last of three exhibitions of his art at the Louth Museum entitled ‘Harbours Near and Far’.
He also painted colourful scenes from all over the world on his travels with his partner Ivy Kempton and his campervan.
Exhibition organiser Edward Mayor said: “He lived in Queen Street, Louth, in the 1970’s and bequeathed his life’s work to Barnsley College, but they felt unable to do anything with it.
“They noticed the large number of Lincolnshire subjects and landscapes of the Wolds, so offered the bequest to Louth Museum on a permanent loan.
“Leslie gained entry to control rooms and engine rooms on ships and often painted from them and from the docks.
“His watercolours are often panoramic and his evocation of dockland life is exhilarating.”
Leslie also attended the life class in Horncastle, sketching in watercolour many class members, as well as the models.
Jean Howard, a Trustee of the Museum, who has also helped organise the exhibition said: “In our previous exhibitions we’ve showcased his work on towns and villages in the Wolds, and also pieces from his travel journals.
“We decided his most significant work was he paintings of harbours, so it seemed appropriate to show these.
“He managed to find numerous wonderful views and we think we’ve picked out some pieces that represent his best work.
“We have also received some interest from museums in Grimsby and Goole who wish to display his paintings.”
The ‘Harbours Near and Far’ exhibition runs until Wednesday October 31 and can be viewed Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
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