Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Art At The Malt Cross Nottingham



Next week I am going to be doing some original artwork on the walls going down the stairs into the basement of The Malt Cross in Nottingham. I have decided to paint Billy Merson, a Nottingham music hall star and entertainer who is perhaps best known for writing 'The Spaniard That Blighted My Life', which was made popular by Al Jolson. Billy who was born in 1879 began his career while working in a lace-making factory, and doing shows in the evenings. He was a comedian, singer, and even an acrobat and contortionist and he actually appeared in several films in the earyl days of talking pictures. It's going to be quite a challenge, as I don't like painting hands, and Billy is holding a ukulele for this, as I am going to paint him in his 'Spaniard' garb and bandanna as shown in the video above! I'm up for the challenge though!