Young painter launches exhibition of his work

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A young artist who shot to fame at the age of six is exhibiting 11 new paintings at a gallery near his home.

Edward Simpson, 12, has created acrylic paintings of the Eiffel Tower, a row of beach huts, a lighthouse and a Volkswagen Beetle, which are now on display at Art in the Mill in Knaresborough.

The collection of work also includes geese, a starfish, a seahorse, a camper van, a puffin and an angel fish.

The youngster discovered his flair for painting at the age of four and comes from a family of artists, including dad Nigel, who was commissioned to paint for the Queen Mother at the age of 13; and his grandfather Leslie, a portrait artist and illustrator.

Leslie, 81, said: “Since Edward first exhibited when he was six, he has been working on commissions. He did one recently for someone in Venice.

“He’s very determined and sure of himself. I think he will paint for the rest of his life, he is so talented.”

He added: “If he had the chance, he would paint all day long. That’s all he wants to do.”

Denham Hill, of SK8Safe, demonstrate his skills at the coaching sessions funded by Garforth and District Lions.  Pictures: Bruce Rollinson

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