Cancer charity is put in the picture

Student artist Joe Robson from Seaton Carew

Student artist Joe Robson from Seaton Carew

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A TALENTED painter will support a prominent charity when he stages an exhibition of his work in Newcastle.

Art student Joe Robson, from Seaton Carew, has created six striking images of famous faces from the North-East for the display, including the late Sir Bobby Robson.

All work will be for sale and proceeds of the Bobby Robson painting will go to The Bobby Robson Foundation cancer charity.

Hundreds of art enthusiasts will view his work in the exhibition called Faces and Photography: Portraits and Puppets which has its preview tonight.

It is being held at the Holy Biscuit art gallery, in Newcastle, which provides a platform for up and coming artists.

Joe, 22, who is in his final year of an art degree at Newcastle College, said: “For the exhibition I have done paintings of North-East legends and icons Alan Shearer, Ant and Dec and Bobby Robson.

“As I did one of Bobby Robson I thought it would be nice to support his charity. I have had a few small exhibitions before, but this is definitely the biggest opportunity I have had. I’ve been interested in art for most of my life and I’ve been painting for about three or four years.”

Joe, of Station Lane, specialises in portraits and paints on large 5ft x 3ft canvases. He said: “Portraits are what I started with and is what I know. The key to getting the likeness is in the eyes.

“It would be fantastic if I could make a career out of it.”

Joe, who went to English Martyrs School, in Hartlepool, also completed a fine art foundation degree course at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

His exhibition runs from today until April 23, and also features work by photographer Vanessa Southern.