Artist combines photography and paintings at solo exhibition

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TALENTED Hucknall artist Aleck Seddon is combining the traditional with the modern for an exhibition of paintings and photography that launches in the town on Saturday (June 23).

Aleck (78), of Washdyke Lane, is running the 12-day installation at The Gallery on Baker Street and tomorrow’s launch will be accompanied by a glass of wine and biscuits for visitors.

The former teacher started painting in the early 1990s and has become dedicated to his aim of creating fine pictures, both as a digital photographer and acrylic artist.

His work records portraits, landscapes and buildings, both at home and abroad. Much of his inspiration comes from the picturesque Mediterranean island of Mallorca, which he calls his second home.

Aleck retired from teaching craft, design and technology at Holgate Comprehensive School, Hucknall, some time ago. Among his achievements were supervising ambitious projects made by pupils, including the creation of a solar-powered heater and a driving simulator.

Restoring a water mill at Linby over 18 months was another enterprising project Aleck carried out with pupils.

Aleck is an enthusiastic member of art classes run by Robin Bellamy at Watnall Road Community Centre, Hucknall. He is also a member of the Nottingham and Notts Photographic Society and Ilkeston Art and Camera Club.

His love of art shows in all his work and about 70 examples will be on view at his exhibition.

Aleck says he feels proud to be putting on his first solo exhibition and he hopes visitors will enjoy his paintings and photographs.

The Gallery was also the venue for an art exhibition by Aleck and other members of the Watnall Road centre’s art classes during the International Byron Festival.

OUR PHOTO shows Aleck with some of his pieces — DISPIC NHUD12-1542-1