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Rock legends are put in the picture

PAINTING prodigy Melissa Mailer-Yates returns to Solihull this weekend to portray her most recent and exciting project, Rockface.

PAINTING prodigy Melissa Mailer-Yates returns to Solihull this weekend to portray her most recent and exciting project, Rockface.

Touchwood will play host to her picturesque portraits which are all of famous rock and pop legends.

Among those featured will be Paul Weller, Toyah, Rick Wakeman, Nick Mason and Ocean Colour Scene, each having sat for their individual and stylised portraits.

Each portrait has a highly limited set of only 20 prints, available worldwide, making them a very prized edition.

Melissa has just returned from the Isle of Wight where she was with Paul Weller as he signed the prints produced from the original portrait.

She has come a long way since holding her first solo exhibition in Solihull some 28 years ago.

But the talented artist has not forgot her roots as she felt it was fitting to use Touchwood as the launch venue.

Since 1980 the local artist has painted for the Queen, and has had a private audience as a result.

Her work was commissioned for the Queen Mother, but by a third party.

She has also painted for the Saudi Royal family and was commissioned to produce celebrity portraits as a centrepiece for the Los Angeles Art Show.

Further celebrities waiting to have their portraits painted by her for RockFace include Katie Melua, Midge Ure, Rick Astley, Status Quo and Brian May.

Viewers can catch a glimpse of her latest exhibition in the Map Room, Touchwood and prints will also be available for purchase.

 

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