10:51am Friday 11th October 2013
By Robert Hale
FAMOUS faces of Malvern are on show in the town’s library, thanks to artist Graham Davies.
Mr Davies, who is well known for his portraits and caricatures, created the unique exhibition especially for the Autumn in Malvern Festival.
Among the faces of Malvern featured are well-known figures in the arts who have links with the town, such as playwright George Bernard Shaw, violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy and painter Dame Laura Knight.
But Mr Davies has also included pictures of people who will be instantly recognisable to anyone who spends much time in the town centre, such as Jeff Garbutt, known as Big Jeff, who works at Malvern Theatres.
Mr Davies says he has been making caricatures for years, starting when he was at a college in the north-west of England.
His work has been commissioned by nationally-known companies, such as accountants KPMG and soap firm Lever Brothers, and he has also produced illustrations for museums and galleries.
More recently, he has taken up painting portraits in oils and is a regular presence at the annual arts festival on Worcester’s waterfront.
He said: “After moving to Malvern, I got the idea to paint portraits of ordinary people who are known in the town, such as Big Jeff and Carl, who plays the penny whistle.
“Peter Smith, who runs the festival, saw me painting and liked what he saw, and he encouraged me to paint portraits of people associated with the festival, such as Shaw and Dame Laura Knight.”
The exhibition is on show at the library’s downstairs gallery until Thursday, October 31.
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