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John Kiki and Darren Barker stage joint exhibition in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 13:17 06 June 2018

Paintings at Skippiings in King Street, Great Yarmouth, being prepared for display. Photo: Liz Coates

Paintings at Skippiings in King Street, Great Yarmouth, being prepared for display. Photo: Liz Coates

Liz Coates

Giant canvases were this week being manoeuvred into place ahead of a landmark exhibition being staged in Great Yarmouth.

Artwork by Darren Barker is on show at Skippings Gallery in King Street, Great Yarmouth, as part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival. Photo: Pete HugginsArtwork by Darren Barker is on show at Skippings Gallery in King Street, Great Yarmouth, as part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival. Photo: Pete Huggins

John Kiki, arguably the town’s most celebrated painter, is showing some five or six works at Skippings Gallery in King Street.

One of the “Yarmouth five” his figurative creations have a worldwide following, drawn to his vibrant depictions.

Showing alongside him is Darren Barker, whose work at the town’s preservation trust helped to save the gallery building where local artists find a haven and a home.

MORE: Norwich exhibition celebrates artist John Kiki’s 50 years of painting

He said it was an honour and a privilege to be able to show his creations - usually stored in his garden shed - alongside a painter of such renown.

One of Great Yarmouth's most celebrated artists John Kiki is showing his work in the town during the Arts Festival. Photo: Pete HugginsOne of Great Yarmouth's most celebrated artists John Kiki is showing his work in the town during the Arts Festival. Photo: Pete Huggins

“It is a huge thing and a privilege for me. I have enormous respect for John. He is the most talented and brilliant painter that I have ever met, and he is a nice bloke as well,” he added.

The exhibition opens at 7pm on Friday June 8 and continues for a week during the town’s arts festival.

At the opening Mr Kiki will also sign copies of a new book John Kiki: Fifty Years In The Figurative Fold by Keith Roberts – that looks back at his half a century with paint.

The book, published by Selwyn Taylor Publishing, is priced at £22.

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