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90 year-old artist takes centre stage at the Quadrant

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90-year-old, Jimmy Prosser from Sketty Park, has taken centre stage at The Quadrant Shopping Centre with his watercolour paintings of Swansea and its surrounding areas.

Having only taken-up painting at 74 years old, after retiring, Jimmy has already made a name for himself with his art hanging in homes across the region.

Once a maintenance and signage painter at Velindre Factory, Jimmy was used to painting signs on equipment and factory walls, but he hadn’t yet put brush to canvas.

Commenting on his experience and exhibition at The Quadrant, Jimmy said: “I was used to using heavy, oil-based paint in work, so when it came to painting in my leisure time, I wanted a lighter, lower maintenance paint, which is why I only ever use watercolour these days.

“Since retiring at 74 years old, I was determined to start a hobby that I know I would enjoy, and so I began taking my passion seriously. I now even attend Jeff Kirkhouse art classes in Upper Killay and I really enjoy them.

“Jeff and his wife walked into my exhibition in The Quadrant last week and saw my paintings. He didn’t realise that I was actually sat in the corner, and he was blown away that I had my very own exhibition in the heart of Swansea.

“I never thought I’d have this opportunity, let alone at 90 years old. I love what I paint, from beautiful areas of the Gower to interesting places in Uplands and Brynmill and even iconic places in Swansea such as the pre-war Kardomah Coffee Shop. Some of my paintings even stretch to the Lake District and beyond.

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“It brings me so much joy seeing people enjoy my paintings in such a public space and I hope I’ll have many other opportunities like this in the future!”

The Quadrant centre manager, Lisa Hartley, said: “Jimmy’s art really lights up the centre. Bringing in local art, of local beauty spots is something so fantastic for us to offer our customers. The brilliant thing is that customers can purchase these pieces too, by contacting Jimmy directly.

“As a shopping centre it is important to diversify and to give our customers new reasons to visit. As Swansea’s main shopping destination, it is also key that we reflect the communities we serve and are part of, and there’s no better way than through the vision and talents of a local artist.”

Jimmy’s exhibition will be located near the New Look entrance to The Quadrant until Tuesday, January 4th. All paintings displayed can be purchased by calling Jimmy directly via the number displayed within the exhibition.

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