South Shields artist sees work go on show in French twin town

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work'Mayor Fay Cunningham
Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work'Mayor Fay Cunningham

AN artist will see his work in the frame at a special exhibition in South Shields’ twin town in France.

Graham Hodgson’s creations have been taken over to Epinay Sur Seine to feature in an exhibition titled Visages (Faces).

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work'Mayor Fay Cunningham

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work'Mayor Fay Cunningham

The 47–year–old, who runs Hawthorn Arts in Westoe Road, South Shields, will have seven portraits displayed in the show, which also features the works of fellow artists from towns across the world which are twinned with Epinay.

Mr Hodgson, who runs his business with his wife Anne, said: “I’ve been creating artwork for more than 30 years and really enjoy portraiture so I’m delighted with the theme.

“I love the feeling of scrutinising someone until I see their soul and then capturing that to share with others.”

The Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham, paid Mr Hodgson a visit before he sent off to France last week.

I have exhibited all over the UK but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to show my work overseas.

Grham Hodgson, artist

She said: “This is a huge honour for Graham to represent the borough in this way and is richly deserved.

“I’m delighted that our links with our twin town of Epinay Sur Seine mean his work will be seen by a whole new audience.

“I’m sure the French people will love his work as much as I do.”

Mr Hodgson added: “I have exhibited all over the UK but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to show my work overseas. This exhibition is held every year so it’s wonderful to know that I’m following in the footsteps of other great local artists.”

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work

The exhibition runs until Thursday.

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Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work

Artist Graham Hodgeson is off to Epinay, France to display art work