Actor Timothy Spall will showcase 20 pieces of his artwork this summer in his first solo exhibition, following a career in the TV and film industry spanning more than four decades.
The movie star, 64, stunned fans when he revealed that he spent two years learning to paint as artist JMW Turner for a 2014 biopic, but has now taken it one step further by hosting his own show and insisting, ‘I always have of a challenge! ‘
Timothy Spall, Out of the Storm – taken over a six-month period – will run from June 18 to July 18 at Pontone Gallery in central London.
“I’ve always liked a challenge!” Actor Timothy Spall (pictured in 2017) will showcase 20 pieces of his artwork in his first solo exhibition this summer
The Auf Wiedersehen, Pet icon was approached by gallery owner Domenic Pontone to create a presentation after 14 of his paintings were shown at Salford’s Lowry Gallery two years ago.
About his surprising endeavor, said the Harry Potter star The Guardian: ‘Talk about being a little baffled. I’ve always loved a challenge, but I thought, Jesus, can I do this?
‘Thousands of brilliant artists are never recognized and I know it too. It has not escaped me that I have been given this opportunity when there are brilliant artists who do not look inside.
‘I’ve committed to this, not as an evening thing or a hobby, but as an absolutely determined thing. I went through it and did it. I have gone through the entire process and I am not a cheater because I did it. ‘
Impressive: Timothy Spall, Out of the Storm – taken over six months – runs from June 18 to July 18 at Pontone Gallery in central London (one of his paintings above)
Where it all started: The movie star, 64, stunned fans when he revealed that he spent two years learning to paint as artist JMW Turner for a 2014 biopic
Commitment: The thespian was coached by consultant Tim Wright as he picked up the brush for the award-winning Turner film (Turner pictured in an oil painting above)
Timothy was coached by consultant Tim Wright as he picked up the brush for the acclaimed Turner film, in which the actor took the best actor award at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
About his efforts, the screen legend told earlier The independent: “You always spend a lot of time working on a character, but preparing for Mr. Turner is the most I’ve ever done.”
Paint expert Tim added, ‘I quickly realized he was the kind of person who would be quick to respond and intrigued by the subject matter.
On a Mission: The King’s Speech star recalled painting between takes and used some of the 16,000 photos he had stored on his computer to find his style (Timothy’s painting above)
Able: In 2019, Timothy portrayed the role of another artist, LS Lowry (R in 1965), in Mrs Lowry & Son (L) – a film based on the life of the late cartoonist
He also had an interest in art – no real education, but he was certainly interested in Turner, obsessed with Turner. He was very tenacious. He never cut corners and was very diligent – it was quite impressive to watch. ‘
In 2019, Timothy – who has been passionate about art since his teens, but instead acts – portrayed the role of another artist, LS Lowry, in Mrs Lowry & Son – a film based on the life of the late cartoonist.
The King’s Speech star previously recalled painting between takes and used some of the 16,000 photos he had stored on his computer to find his style.
From time to time a presenter received an ‘intense’ basic art training to help him portray the professionals as best as possible.
On the site of Pontone Gallery, Timothy’s exhibition is explained as: ‘His thorough preparation for his award-winning role as Mr. Turner in the film of the same name laid the foundation for this foray into painting.
This experience gave the spark and confidence to set itself a rigorous and public challenge. Setting up such an exhibition is not lightly, and Pontone Gallery is delighted to present Spall’s first solo exhibition in London. ‘
Acclaimed: The TV and movie star’s career spans more than four decades (pictured as Barry in 2002)