Debut exhibition for self-taught artist

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

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ARTIST Michael Birchmore will be holding his debut exhibition at a business centre.

The Gosport resident met Basepoint Centre manager, Mark Chivers, at a networking event and was invited to display his work of celebrity portraits and graphic, novel-style paintings.

Michael, who is self-taught artist, is excited about the exhibition.

He said: ‘My passion originates from my need to create something special, either using pictures or the written word.

‘I get inspiration from many things, from digitally playing with a photograph, to wanting to emulate such things as comics, art deco, and stencils.

‘I am very excited about my exhibition as I want to take the passion that I have for being an artist and turn it into a career.’

The preview event is tonight at the centre, on Fareham Road, with the exhibition starting tomorrow.