Today I have been taking photos of some wonderful paintings by Ken Clasper and Bill Moore in preparation for the YOUNG AT ‘ART exhibition in October which is being organised by my friend Sheila Swinburn.

Ken will be 90 in October and one of his unfulfilled ambitions was to have an exhibition of his paintings. This led Sheila who had no knowledge of art let alone how to organise an art exhibition, to try and fulfil an old man’s dream. For advice she made contact with the Disabled Arts Club in Chester-le-Street and they revealed that one of their members was 93 and an exhibition of his work would be welcome - thus YOUNG AT ‘ART was born to show paintings by these two ‘young’ painters.

The exhibition will be on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October at West Pelton Methodist Church. Works by both artists will be on show and a number for sale each day between 11am and 3pm.

Ken Clasper
Ken retired in 1984 and was encouraged to take up painting by his daughter who bought him a box of watercolours and he began to paint.  Purely self-taught he attended a short course at his local library and bought books to teach himself – he soon found in his later years that he had a new talent and has painted in watercolours ever since. 

Bill Moore
Bill Moore from the Arts Club had been a sign-writer for a living, owing his own business after taking over when the firm which employed him for more than 25 years was about to go out of business. He has painted many pictures, one is a beautiful copy of the famous ‘Red Boy’ – which he had to get special permission from the Earl of Scarborough to be able to do and is not allowed to sell.

Bill paints every day and has a wide repertoire of subjects, sometimes painting in watercolour but in the main he uses oils.