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NME Illustrator Simon Cooper's Exhibition opens at PAC

11 November 2021

Over 100 people, including civic dignitaries, music fans and art lovers have gathered at Pocklington Arts Centre to celebrate the opening of the venue's new exhibition by illustrator Simon Cooper. 

Amongst the invited guests were HM Lord-Lieutenant of the east Riding of Yorkshire Council Mr James Dick OBE and his wife Christine, Pocklington Town Mayor Councillor Richard Bryon,  Market Weighton Deputy Mayor Lionel Cashin and venue director Janet Farmer. 

Following his visit Mr Dick said: "It's a really good exhibition, and ncie to see a mixture of Simon Cooper's work from his collection of contemporary, light-hearted and humoroous illustrations. 

"It's extraordinary how Pocklington Arts Centre has developed over the last 20 years and attracts such high profile artists. The centre is a realm asset to to the local  community."

The exhibition of original artwork, illustrations and prints, which runs until Thursday 6 January, features many of the music portraits which were commissioned by NME Magazine. 

Simon has also worked for the likes of Time Out, Punch and the Radio Times magazines as well as a number of prestigious publishing houses including Pan Macmillan, Penguin and Oxford University Press. 

The Everingham based artist, who is a graduate of Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, in Dundee, takes his inpiration from such artists as Chuck Jones, Ronald Searle, Renee Margritte, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagal as wel, asnhis love of music and comic books. 

PAC Director Janet Farmer said: "This is just a stunning exhibition which will appeal to art lovers and music fans alike. 

"It's so original and areal homage to some of the music world's best loved legends which is such a fitting subject for our venue."

"Simon is a real talent and we are delighted to be exhibitin his work in our studio. It really is not to be missed."

Simon will be holding a 'Meet The Artist' event in the studio on Saturday 6 November, 10am-1pm and again on Sunday 28 November, 1pm-5pm during the town's Christmas Festival. Free entry to the studio. All welcome.

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