Terry’s new exhibition spans 60 years of life as an artist

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DRAWING and painting is a “labour of love” for Grantham’s well-known artist Terry Shelbourne, and he is sharing his passion with the public in his new exhibition.

Terry, the Journal’s talented cartoonist, has hung 102 pieces of art at the Guildhall, featuring a diverse range of styles from oils and watercolours, to cartoons and caricatures.

The pieces span 60 years, hence the title of the exhibition - ‘60 Years with Pallette, Pen and Pencil’.

Terry, 80, said: “The exhibition is really a lifetime’s work with all the subjects that have fascinated me during that period of time, from railway engines to westerns.”

Visitors will spot many familiar faces and scenes as they wander around the exhibition, and will no doubt marvel at Terry’s skills in recreating any person or object.

There is also a personal touch to the display. Included is a sketch Terry drew aged 14 of his father, Frederick, as well as pet cat Silver, wife Celia, and even Terry himself.

Several of the works are themed on the First World War and notable servicemen, which is important to Terry. He said: “It’s my little way of paying homage to the military heroes.”

Most of the framed pieces included in the exhibition, which Terry is calling his last, are for sale. He said: “Everything in here has been done for love.

“Eventually, you find you have a house full of pictures so it would be nice to see some of them go to new homes.”

Readers will know that Terry draws a cartoon for the Journal every week, and has done since 1988. A couple are hung on the Guildhall wall.

Terry said: “That’s really been the highlight of my artistic life, working for the Journal, because my great love from being a schoolboy has been cartoon drawing. It gives me chance to do that every week.”

The exhibition is on at the Guildhall until May 30. Visitors are welcome to simply go along and browse throughout the day.