Leeds celebrities brush up nicely for a good cause

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They’re normally content with making a splash in their respective fields of music and comedy.

But now Leeds’s Ricky Wilson and Leigh Francis are demonstrating their artistic talents as well.

The Kaiser Chiefs singer and the Celebrity Juice funnyman are among 14 famous faces who have contributed paintings for auction in aid of mental health charity Upbeat Music.

Ricky’s picture shows a bottle of wine gradually being consumed over the course of an evening while Leigh’s appears to depict his Keith Lemon character as an airborne Superman.

And today they lifted the lid on the stories behind their submissions to the Art in a Box fundraising project.

Ricky said: “I got home from the studio and decided to paint a bottle of Pinot Noir.

“It became too tempting so I opened it. At this point I decided I could probably do a better job of the painting.

“By the time I had finished the second painting and most of the bottle, I was super confident that my third attempt would be absolutely awesome. I’ll let you decide.”

Leigh said: “What more of an upbeat feeling can there be other than flying? Whether on a plane heading off on your jollies or in a cape and Y-fronts. Imagine having the power of flight!”

Other well-known names who have contributed work to Art in a Box include actress Joanna Lumley, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Madness frontman Suggs.

Their pieces will be auctioned at a glittering event taking place in London on Friday, June 20.

Online bids for the pictures can also be submitted now via the www.eazl.co.uk/art-in-a-box website.

Richard Unwin, one of the organisers of Art in a Box, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Leigh, Ricky and all the other artists for participating.

“It’s particularly special that they’ve both used more than one canvas, the results are fantastic.”

Ricky and Leigh’s drawing skills should really come as no surprise.

Before finding fame, Ricky worked as a lecturer at Leeds College of Art and Design while Leigh was a graphic designer at the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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