Artist John Sprakes to host talk at Pocklington Arts Centre

Artist John Sprakes in his studio.
Artist John Sprakes in his studio.

Influential artist John Sprakes is hosting a free talk at Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC) on Monday, November 25 between 7pm and 9pm.

The event includes a complimentary glass of wine, and will feature live music and poetry, images of his work as he takes the audience on a journey through his career to date.

Spaces for the event are limited and advance booking is recommended.

Hailed as a “leading figure in 20th Century British Art” (The Artist Magazine) Mr Sprakes is exhibiting original pieces, depicting his journey from the figurative to the derivative and finally into abstraction, at PAC until Saturday, January 4.

His work has featured in popular television shows such as Absolutely Fabulous and Inspector Morse, has been exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London.

Mr Sprakes, who was born in Doncaster and lives near Beverley, has likened his artistic development to that of a long train journey, and one that he is still aboard.

He said: “There have been many stops along the way; diversions into sidings, several unexpected delays, changes to the timetable and hitting the buffers. Throughout my artistic journey however, there has been constant progress and many changes have taken place.”

His passion for art began in childhood, bringing him comfort during periods of ill health and passing the time in the family air raid shelter during the bombing raids of World War II.

“Drawing was my constant solace”, said Mr Sprakes, who would spend weeks at a time bed bound with chronic bouts of asthma.

Mr Sprakes’ career has seen him exhibit at numerous prestigious venues across the UK including London’s Royal Academy and the Mall Galleries.

Visit www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk or call the box office on 01759 301547 to book a place.