ARTIST Mark Skirving is perhaps best-known as a member of Brummie band King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.
But as it happens he’s also a talented painter and will be among those appearing at Solihull’s Allsorts Art Fair next month.
“I was interested in art at school but never did anything about it for a long time,” said Mark, from Acocks Green.
“But I ended up doing a few album covers for the band and it’s grown from there really. It’s something I can fit round the gigs.”
He’s brought with him oil paintings of two pale faced ladies that he’s christened “the moon goddesses”. “I fancied doing something mythical,” he laughs.
“Which is strange really because I don’t have a spiritual bone in my body. I just wanted to try something new.”
Mark, a member of Solihull Artists Forum, is also a keen photographer - but said that he was trying to keep the skills separate.
“I love photography because it gets you looking at the world, you suddenly start to notice simple things like light coming through the trees.
“But I was finding that I was starting to stage photos to use to do a painting and that was something I wanted to move away from.
“When you go to so much trouble to get a picture you’ve almost removed the point of then trying to paint it!”
The painting really took off after Mark completed courses at Solihull College and Birmingham’s School of Art.
“I just loved doing all that. But I think for people who just enjoy painting then evening classes would be absolutely fine.
“There are people who just like to get on and paint nice pictures, they don’t necessarily want to go into the history of art.”
The Allsorts Art Fair, taking place at Solihull Arts Complex on November 3, features oil paintings, watercolours, photography and textiles. Open from 10am-3pm, many of the works on display will be for sale.