Grantham artist shares his love of painting

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Well-known painter David French talked about his work to an audience at ChristChurch in Grantham.

In the talk, part of a series called Arts Break and entitled ‘Painting the Racing Animal’, the local artist spoke of his fascination with the power and speed of racehorses and greyhounds.

Those gathered heard how David’s first ambition was to be a jockey, but instead he went to an art school and then trained as a teacher. He went on to teach at St Hugh’s and Grantham College. Over the last 30 years, David has painted many famous racehorses, including Red Rum, Desert Orchid and Shergar.

The next Arts Break, on Thursday, July 11, will feature head of performing arts at Grantham College Peter Mullay as he presents ‘The Lesser Known Skills an Actor Needs’. He will be followed on Thursday, August 8, by professional photographer Chris Marsh whose talk is entitled ‘Photography - Art, Craft or Something Else’. Both will be at ChristChurch, in Finkin Street, between 12.30pm and 1.15pm.

Photo: Michael Parker