A Journey Into The Art

Lizzi and I spent last weekend in Rossendale to join in the celebrations for my lovely uncle Bryan and Auntie Joyce’s diamond wedding anniversary. We also took the opportunity to visit Dave Pearson’s studio in Haslingden, which, following Dave’s death from bladder cancer in 2008, has been run by the Dave Pearson Trust. Dave was an extraordinary man and artist who was completely obsessed by his creative imagination,and, following his death, left more than 20,000 works of art in his humble terraced house studio in Manchester Road. Executor and friend Bob Frith has worked tirelessly with a small group of friends and helpers to rescue Dave’s works from a building that was seriously delapidated and riddled with dry rot, so the property could be reinstated, and reopened as a studio devoted to storing and displaying Dave’s art. His work has now been moved back into it, and put in some degree of order (though not enough order to disturb Dave’s anarchic angels!). It was a absolute privilege to have an opportunity to view some of Dave’s work – and indeed purchase a couple of small pieces to illuminate our living room. Bob also gave us a copy of the new film about Dave’s life made by Derek Smith. It’s a lovely film and a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s greatest artist, though one currently lacking in recognition. A wonderful weekend – and one filled with rainbows of all description. Click here to see some of my photos of the studio.

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keithfitton

Left with the use of my left arm/hand only, after a serious motor cycle accident in 2005, I am learning to adapt to life with a brachial plexus injury and have developed a style of playing guitar using open tunings. I love drawing, painting and generally messing around in a fairly loose fashion. Can't describe myself as an artist, but perhaps a doodler with intent.

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