|OLD ONES, NEW ONES, LOVED ONES, NEGLECTED ONES.|
|For longer than I care to remember I have been portraying my favourite subject, the human face. As the features usually belong to well-known personalities, any selection of my work will resemble a Hall of Fame rather than any conventional portfolio.|
Way back in the 1970's my first solo exhibition was a sell-out, which encouraged me to have a series of annual exhibitions. Then during the 1980's my work reached a much wider audience, principally through my Elvis Presley posters which sold throughout the U.K. and the U.S.A. Indeed, Elvis' closest friend Charlie Hodge had one of my Elvis originals on his office wall.
During 1989 I was honoured to receive the Caleb Award for "commitment to excellence in art" and about this time I completed artwork for the Radio Times, the Tony Hancock society and the Roy Orbison fan club.
In 1990 I had another solo exhibition, "Personality Portraits" in the Down Arts Centre which featured more portraits, some of which were autographed by the stars themselves, including Bette Davis, Anthony Hopkins, Dustin Hoffman and Sean Connery.
Until now, my last but one exhibition was "Famous Faces" twenty years ago in 1993 again at the Down Arts Centre.
Since then, although more "Heyburn Originals" found their way onto the walls of folk like Freddie Mercury, Spike Milligan, Sir Roger Moore, Sara Karloff and fifties singing legend Frankie Laine, I have mainly concentrated on adding to my own collection of my personal favourites, some autographed, some not.
My latest exhibition "ICONS" was in The Studio gallery, Cregagh Road Library, Belfast during Feb. 2013. It did help me to downsize my personal collection. I am moving house in April and it may be some time before I can add any new work to this site. MANY THANX FOR DROPPING BY, I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR VISIT.