Local award-winning artist exhibits work at Garden Rooms at Tennants

A local award-winning artist is holding an exhibition at the Garden Rooms at tennants in Leyburn

Work by Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear is on display at the venue until October 4.

Kinnear, 50, from Wensley, was awarded the Medaille d’Argent by the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts at his first entry to the Paris Salon, the salon of Picasso and Monet.

The Leyburn exhibition, Lefty’s North, showcases oil preparatory works for Regeneration, his major solo exhibition at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle this November, as well as smaller oils developed for the Paris Salon.

Kinnear acquired the affectionate nickname Lefty following a catastrophic stroke which paralysed his left side when he was just 35.

It was a stroke that changed his life and set him on the path to becoming one of Britain’s most accomplished contemporary painters.

He said: “I am really excited to be back at Tennants again.

“The last show was a big success and I have high hopes that this one will be too. Winning the Medaille d’Argent at the Paris Salon turned me into a 20-year overnight success.

“Following my residency at the landmark Norman Cornish exhibition at the Bowes Museum, I took the opportunity to work up his small flo-master sketches into full-blown oil paintings, many of which will be included in this show.”