Release Date: 24 August 2012
The Museum in the Park Gallery is set to host an unusual exhibition by former Stroud resident and postman, Nick Cudworth.
Nick and his family spent over two decades in Stroud after moving here in 1973. Now based in Bath, the internationally acclaimed artist is making a return visit in September.
Nick, who has held one man shows in Milan and New York, already has two paintings on display at the Museum. 'Margaret the Barmaid' greets visitors upstairs in 'The Company's Arms', the gallery devoted to the history of local pubs and breweries. 'Modern Times' (completed 1992 -3) hangs in the foyer and stops many visitors in their tracks with its giant size and fascinating depiction of 108 local residents.
Music as well as art has been a lifelong passion of Nick's. He has always been drawn to Rock and Roll, returning again and again to this theme during his 40 year career.
"It began as a young boy when he was captivated by the revolutionary sounds of Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis," his wife Jenny said.
"He also enjoyed an early career in music as a piano player and composer with the band Siren, recording several blues/rock and roll albums in the 60s on the John Peel label."
The show of paintings, drawings and prints from 1971 to 2011 will hit the Museum in the Park on Tuesdays to Sundays from September 1-23.
He's also even put together a rock and roll band with musicians from Stroud and Bath for a free concert at the Museum on September 7.
"Everyone is welcome to come and have fun, see the show and hear the music proving that there is still life in rock and roll," Jenny said.
'Still Life in Rock and Roll' Exhibition by Nick Cudworth shows at The Museum in the Park Gallery from 1 - 23 September 2012. Admission free.