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Hard as nails portrait of former Leeds Utd star

They say an artist has to suffer for his work. Leeds-born artist Marcus Levine has had more than a share of injuries as he creates portraits of the rich and famous, works of art which have been snapped up across the globe.

It's because Marcus, who trained at the former Jacob Kramer Art College in with fellow local Damian Hirst, creates his works using a simple hammer and nails.

Today he is presenting hard as nails ex-Leeds United player turned actor Vinnie Jones with a self-portrait made with a stack of nails.

Marcus, who attended school at Fulneck in Pudsey, created the work at his studio in Bingley. The 80cm x 60cm portrait took two weeks to make.

Schoolchildren transform tree into work of art

A group of schoolchildren from Sheffield have created a decorative bench from a tree which had to be chopped down because it was damaging pavements. The pupils at Anns Grove Primary School teamed up with chainsaw sculptor Lorraine Botterill to transform the trunk. It was part of Sheffield's Big Boulder Music and Arts Festival. The bench now sits in Heeley Park, where the festival took place, as a lasting memento of the tree and for local people to admire and enjoy.


Major new Henry Moore exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Henry Moore, Large Two Forms, 1966–69. Photo © Jonty Wilde. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is to host a major exhibition of work by Henry Moore. More than 120 works will be on display exploring the artist's relationship with the land.

Henry Moore was born into a mining family in Castleford and was a founding patron of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. He was committed to showing his work in the open air, in particular at among the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park's former Deer Park.

Leeds businessman wants his fake painting back

A businessman from Leeds fears a painting be bought for £100,000 may be burnt because it's a fake.

Martin Lang bought what he thought was an original picture by the Russian born artist Marc Chagall.When it was tested though and sent to the Chagall Committee in Paris they said under French law it should be burned.

But Mr Lang says, fake or not, he wants his picture back.

Chris Kiddey reports.


One in a million: New artwork on show in Beverley

Artist Leonard J Brown has created a sculpture of out one million pounds Credit: Calendar

Artist Leonard J Brown has created a sculpture of out one million pounds worth of bank notes. Her name is Eleanor Ridgy and depicts the poor and rich. It took him six months to build and £300,000 make up her chest alone. She is on display at Beverley Art gallery until 17th October.

Sheffield all set to 'light up'

Sheffield's 'Art In The Park' are lighting up the city centre on Saturday September 7. There will be street performers, art installations and activities as the city is 'lit up' for the night.

“Maybe it’s a film screening in a high street chain, a comedy sketch in the market, dancing in a hotel lobby….we want to challenge our perceptions and engage with new people in new spaces providing an alternative way to spend your Saturday Night!”

– Luisa Golob, Art in the Park

If the event goes well, organisers are hoping it won't just be repeated next year, but rolled out to other towns and cities. Art in the Park want to hear from:

  • local creative talent wanting to run an event or project in a city centre space
  • artists or organisations that want to put forward an idea, a project or an event for the day
  • anyone who has an event already happening that day that could be included in the programme
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