I took some photos of the screen as a reminder of the evening, there are lots, but I have left out more than I’ve included I’m sure, they do give an idea of the evening. This first photo was taken at the beginning of the evening, Ken on the left, Andy on the right:
And onto the slides, I have photographed a few, there were many more
Love this quote from Ken
We were shown a few childhood photos of Ken and his brother Mike, seen on the left in the photo below
Onto Ken’s time in the boiler shop at the GWR Works
A couple of Ken’s paintings depicting rivet hotting
and from there onto becoming a sign writer where work was quiet and relaxed
and then onto Swindon College where Ken studied art
one of his lecturers was Kenneth Lindley who moved from Swindon to Hereford Art College where he was Principal
After art college, Ken moved to London where he painted the Beatles portraits, a picture still in his possession
and copied by someone else for an album cover
The murals were a feature of Swindon life, and much loved by us all
Ken was also commissioned to paint murals in other places
and also painted local scenes of Swindon life, here’s one of the backsies
and a haunting one of the much loved diving platform at Coate Water
Angela Atkinson has written a fabulous piece on the diving platform
Ken was spotted by Richard Branson and worked for him for many years. Above is a photo of the ‘Scarlet Lady’ and below portraits of musicians used by Virgin shops.
Below is a photo of a mural painted by the outdoor pool in Highworth, sadly no longer there.
That’s a very brief summary of the talk last Thursday evening.
There will be two more talks during Ken’s exhibition in the small gallery at Swindon MAG which runs from 17 September until 30 November, these will be held on 28 and 29 November. Tickets are not on sale yet.