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.”

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