Artist uses Charles Dickens as inspiration

INSPIRATION Charles Dickens
INSPIRATION Charles Dickens
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EASTNEY-BORN illustrator Spike Zephaniah Stephenson will be displaying his work about Portsmouth’s greatest son – Charles Dickens – throughout August at Portsmouth Central Library.

‘The Inimitable Dickens’ will feature a number of different portraits, a set of three books, two models and two portfolios all based around Dickens and his life.

Talking about the inspiration behind his work, Spike said: ‘Having grown up in Portsmouth, Dickens’ influence has always been present and I have long since respected his work for its fascinating characters, serious social comment and dry wit along with its strong moral values.

‘I have investigated his divided character, so often misinterpreted, as well as his iconic look and powerful presence.

‘I have also looked into his connections with Portsmouth.

‘Essentially, I have tried to interpret Dickens the man in as many ways as possible, to create a full and varied portrait.’

The opening is from 5pm to 7pm tonight at Portsmouth Central Library with Dickensian themed refreshments available – including a cake featuring handmade portrait from the artist himself.