A sculptor from Knowle whose works of art include some of the Queen, has made a unique bronze hand carving dedicated to the special friendship he has with an interior design shop owner.
John Letts, aged 78, moulded the delicate work called Affinity, after meeting Lesley Kent just over six months ago at her shop, Freak Le Chic in Greville Court, High Street, Knowle.
The bronze coloured resin-coated piece is the size of a normal hand and sits on a plinth. It first went on display at the shop in mid December and two limited editions of it have already been snapped up by American and English buyers.
Other notable pieces undertaken by John include the figure of famous writer George Eliot outside the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton and he has completed pieces on ballerinas and for churches in the Solihull area.
His bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II takes pride of place in the foyer of the new part of the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton after being completed in 1995 and he describes the ruling monarch as very ordinary but a non-stop chatterbox.
Lesley, the owner of Freak Le Chic, said she was astounded when she discovered John was making the sculpture.
The 45-year-old divorced mother of three, said: “He said he wanted to make a sculpture exclusive to us and based on our friendship and I was amazed and delighted.
“It is a wonderful creation and is something different.”
The model, which took weeks of careful craftmanship by the grandfather of eight, is based on John’s own hand.
“It is a one off piece,” he said. “Doing it has rekindled my faith to get myself working again. I asked Lesley what sort of work she would like me to do and she talked about hands. So I went away and surprised her one day by turning up in the shop with it.”
Affinity is available to buy at a price of £275 and is on show currently at Freak Le Chic, with only 17 other limited editions of the work left for purchase.
Call Lesley on 01564 774166 for details.