Luminaries (Original Oil Paintings)

Rock Stars, Pop Stars, Film Stars, Sporting Stars, Comedians and TV Programmes. Kevin is a fan of so many. Here are just a few people who have shaped and have had an influence in his life. This is the story so far, but there are many more he admires that have yet to hit the canvas.

Cliff Richard And The Shadows Gallery

The Summer Holiday song and the film released later in 1963 was the first time I really listened to Cliff Richard and realised how good a singer he was. The Shadows were formed in 1958 under the name of The Drifters. Later became known as the Shadows to avoid conflict with a group called The Drifters in the USA. The Shadows became the backing for Cliff from 1958 to 1968. Cliff Richard and Shadows made the world a better place. Discover more on Cliff's official website at https://www.cliffrichard.org/ The Shadows single 'Apache' certainly made an impression on me in the 1960s with their distinctive, unforgettable guitar sound which has a TIMELESS BEAUTY. As a visual artist I felt inspired to create something on the canvas through my minds eye. See my montages below and find out more about the legendary Shadows by visiting their official website at http://www.shadowmusic.co.uk/ ALL IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS AND FOR SALE AND SOLD AS INDICATED. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE ON ALL IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

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Comedians Gallery

I love the universal humour, emotion, innocence and TIMELESS BEAUTY of the Norman Wisdom films made in the 1950s and 1960s. Norman was part of my childhood along with stand up comedian Ken Dodd, who I watched avidly on TV in the 1960s and beyond. He did touring shows around the country including Leamington Spa on more than one occasion where I live. Surely two of the funniest British comedians ever and yet so different in style. They made the world a better place. A lovely tribute to Sir Norman by following Link below https://web.archive.org/web/20110911063737/http://www.britishclassiccomedy.co.uk/2010/10/tribute-to-sir-norman-wisdom-obe/ Ken Dodd and his diidymen I remember going back to the 1960s. I really enjoyed his entertainment on TV, which carried on through the decades as well doing shows at venues around the country. He could sing too and his song called HAPPINESS is a powerful and lyrically poignant song and so well sung. His entertainment has a TIMELESS BEAUTY about it. Search the Collection at the National Gallery in London for more on Ken Dodd https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp59278/sir-kenneth-arthur-ken-dodd BOTH IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS AND ARE FOR SALE AS INDICATED. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

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Doctor Who (Pencil Sketches)

Slow Dazzle Calendars in 1999 commissioned me, the Artist, to come up with some ideas based on former Doctor Who stories which would then come under consideration for inclusion in a Monster Calendar for the same year. For current day Doctor Who calendars follow Link below https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/Doctor_Who_calendars

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Doctor Who Gallery

I have been an avid watcher of the legendary TV programme Doctor Who (an adventure in space and time) from its opening episode, first transmitted in November 1963. Perhaps my favourite episode is the first Dalek story on planet Skaro with the Thals called the Dead Planet. I remember at the time reading the Dalek story through the David Whitaker paperback and the Dalek Book published in 1964, which featured photographs of the Dead Planet story portraying Susan (the Doctors granddaughter). I also enjoyed watching the two Dalek films with Peter Cushing as the Doctor during my childhood at the Picture House in Erdington Birmingham, during 1965 and 1966 in the UK. Since then I have been inspired to create many Doctor Who related images over the years, including the classic and the new series, in oil paints, after watching the Doctor's adventures. I have heard it said that watching Doctor Who, going to its conventions, keeping up to date with all the merchandise is better than real life, A form of escapism. There have always been strong moral and ethical messages running through the stories , which for me is partly the appeal for the show. But Doctor Who works on so many levels, with a wide diverse audience and a massive fan base which lives on today.. It has a TIMELESS BEAUTY of its own and has become a monster (excuse the pun) around the globe This page is a tribute to the great legendary TV programme and it has made the world a better place. Get the latest updates on one of many Doctor Who websites at https://www.doctorwho.tv/ ALL IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS AND FOR SALE OR SOLD WHERE INDICATED.

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Jazz Gallery

Inspired and commissioned by a local keyboard player musician and good friend who I met at my local tennis club. He has been a life long fan of Oscar Peterson. Discover more about the famous jazz pianist from Canada at https://www.udiscovermusic.com/artist/oscar-peterson/ My good friend kindly allowed me to use a piece of music for my website homepage, which he had composed. It can be heard over my video on my homepage. Patrick Moraz is a brilliant classic and jazz pianist/keyboard player who played with Yes and the Moody Blues and I felt inspired to paint his portrait.. I first heard of Patrick and his keyboard playing on the Relayer album released by Yes in 1974. Relayer is one of my favourite Yes albums. Find out more about Patrick on his website at https://www.patrickmoraz.net/ BOTH IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL PAINTINGS, ONE IN PENCIL AND ONE IN THE OIL MEDIUM, FOR SALE OR SOLD AS INDICATED. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH IMAGES.

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Leamington Lawn Tennis & Squash Club Gallery

The Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club was founded in 1872 by Harry Gem. It was the first lawn tennis club in the country and was established five years prior to Wimbledon SW19. I joined the LLT&SC in 2011 along with a friend who I had met at the Leamington Rambling Club earlier in the year. During my membership I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of members and the opportunity to play many of them, including racket ball as well as tennis, which I thoroughly enjoyed. As members became aware of me as a visual artist, a few of them commissioned me to do a project for them and others bought original paintings from my portfolio. All this was a humbling experience for me, the Artist. In 2013 I created a couple of fantasy paintings of Andy Murray and Ann Haydn Jones (former Wimbledon champions) coming to visit the LLT&SC. Discover more about this friendly club by visiting their website at https://www.lltsc.co.uk/ ALL IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS AND FOR SALE OR SOLD AS INDICATED.

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Michael Jackson Gallery

Inspired by a friend and fan of Michael Jackson. Michael was one of the brothers who formed the Jackson 5 in 1964. I first heard Earthsong on BBCs TV Top of The Pops one Thursday evening. One of Michael's best songs ever, delivered in a such a moving and emotional way. I soon discovered many more of Michael's tunes and enjoyed listening to them. Surely he was the "King Of Pop" Michael has made the world a better place. Find out more about this great composer and entertainer at https://www.biography.com/musician/michael-jackson BOTH IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS AND FOR SALE AS INDICATED PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

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Movie Icons Gallery

Commissioned by Donald Art Company based in the USA in 1996. I remember first hearing Elvis Presley's songs during my childhood days (the 1960s) on Children's Favourites on a Saturday morning, which was broadcast on the Light programme, now BBC Radio 2. Songs were played by Children's request. I have watched Elvis' films/movies too. I became aware of John Wayne films/movies through my father, who was a 'Duke' fan and his favourite film was "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" My favourite Duke movie is "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"with James Stewart. Surely two of U S of America's greatest and most influential Icons. This inspired me to depict them on the canvas Find out more about Elvis by visiting his official website. https://www.elvisthemusic.com/ and the Duke (John Wayne) at https://www.johnwayne.com/heritage IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS AND FOR SALE. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE ON ALL IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

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Spice Girls Gallery

Girl super pop group who became famous in the 1990s symbolising girl power after forming in 1994. BOTH IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS FOR SALE. PRINTS AVAILABLE ON BOTH IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

  • £ 275

    Posh

    15in x 12in (37cm x 30cm)

  • £ 250

    Girl Power

    16in x 12in (40cm x 30cm)

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Sporting Gallery

I have always enjoyed watching and playing sport, especially Cricket and Tennis. Andy Murray is one of my tennis heroes and is a phenomenal player. I have fond memories of watching Ann Haydon Jones winning Wimbledon in 1969 on the BBCTV with Dan Maskell commentating. Basil D'Oliveria was one of my favourite cricket test players in the 1960s along with John Arlott's superb radio commentary. ALL IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS AND FOR SALE OR SOLD AS INDICATED. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE ON ALL IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

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The Beatles (the fab four) Gallery

When I think of pop music, the Beatles always comes to mind from my childhood in the 1960s and how influential they became later on, paving the way for pop and rock music into the 70s and beyond. The Beatles were formed in 1960 in Liverpool England. 'She Loves You' was the first single 45rpm I really heard and took notice of and it was a Christmas present to me in 1964. I played it until I wore the grooves out on my father's stereo system in the mid 1960s. Their songs seemed to be ubiquitous and were sung as cover versions for other groups and bands Their pop songs had very good catchy tunes and had a TIMELESS BEAUTY and became universal round the globe. Everyone seemed to have heard of the Beatles. "pop is the classical music of now" quote from Paul McCartney in 1968. The Beatles have made the world a better place. Visit the official Beatles website for the latest news https://www.thebeatles.com/ . Of course Oasis at their height of fame from 1994-1997 were heavily influenced by the Beatles music. I became inspired to create a montage of them after hearing their songs. Get the latest news by visiting their official website. https://www.oasisinet.com/#!/home THE THREE IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS FOR SALE. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

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The Moody Blues Gallery

Listening to the album Question of Balance in the early 1970s for the first time was an uplifting experience and their songs soon began to grow on me on repeated playings on my vinyl album turntable. The MOODY BLUES' were formed in 1964 in Birmingham and were a blues band and part of the Brumbeat scene during the 1960s. In 1966 they changed their music sound and it had a more timeless, melodic, uplifting feel and it can be described as symphonic rock music along with their lyrics of peace, love, harmony. By reading the lyrics on the inner sleeve, I soon realised they were universal words of wisdom. I was also fascinated by the gatefold sleeve, which had become a trademark of the band and I had not seen it before on other vinyl LP albums and I came to appreciate the artwork on the cover albums created by artist Phil Travers. I believe Phil's art captures the essence of the Moodies music visually on their album covers and on their solo albums. The Moody Blues were influenced by the BEATLES in the 1960s and used to perform on one or two of their songs. After listening to their other albums at the time I became more aware of how important the Mellotron keyboard was to the Moodies sound and how atmospheric and timeless it sounded. It sounded cosmic and it has a TIMELESS BEAUTY when played by Mike and it added magic to their songs making them more ethereal and uplifting along with the haunting flute playing from Ray Thomas and the bands voice harmonies. I felt inspired to do a tribute to the great band by creating a series of portrait montages inspired by my listening experience. Over the years the fans have become familiar with my Moodies artwork and have enjoyed sharing it with them through the Moody Blues Fan Club Newsletters puiblished at their base called Threshold Records in Surrey UK. It has been a pleasure meeting some of the fans in person at their concerts and at my art studio over the years. The Moody Blues make the world a better place. Follow the magic of the Moody Blues, originally a Birmingham based band from 1964, by visiting their website https://www.moodybluestoday.com/ Also visit Mike Pinder's website, who I always regard as the conscience of The Moody Blues with his words of wisdom as well as his beautiful uplifting music. http://www.mikepinder.com/ ALL IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS FOR SALE OR SOLD AS INDICATED. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE ON ALL IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN Enter the "inner sanctum" of The Moody Blues below.

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Yes music (Progressive Music) Gallery

After listening to the vinyl album Close To The Edge for the first time in the early 1970s, I became enthralled by Yes' complex, challenging and uplifting musical style and from then on was always looking forward to their next studio album to be released. Yes were formed in 1968 in London by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire. Like so many bands starting up in the late 1960s, Yes were influenced by the BEATLES and especially their first concept album in 1967. They were also influenced by classical composers Yes provide a wonderful musical experience which has a TIMELESS BEAUTY of its own and gets better with each listen, with cosmic lyrics and the voice of Jon Anderson, which is used like a musical instrument adding to Yes' unique progressive sound. Some of their songs can last up to 20 minutes. I have always considered their music compositions to be like listening to a tapestry of sound. The band have always been evolving and changing since their inception in 1968 with each new member adding a fresh dynamic to the Yes sound, but still unmistakably Yes. Yes make the world a better place. Their music has inspired me, the visual artist, to create a few images through my minds eye. See below. Find out more about this extraordinary magical band by visiting their official website called Yesworld at http://www.yesworld.com/ Also visit the Yesfans website at http://www.yesfans.com/content.php?s=240c63b1b197a3747e8f6605a5afab95 ALL IMAGES ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS FOR SALE OR SOLD AS INDICATED. PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE ON ALL IMAGES. SIZE 16IN X 12IN

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