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A lifetime in art - Denys displays 60 years of work

Acclaimed artist, Denys Le Fevre
Acclaimed artist, Denys Le Fevre

Possibly the largest solo art exhibition ever to be staged in Thanet by one of its best-known artists can be seen in Ramsgate until Saturday, August 8.

Work completed over 60 years by the town’s Denys Le Fevre can be seen for free at The Gallery, Westcliff Leisure Park, Royal Esplanade, from 10am-4pm daily.

More than 200 images and pictures are on display as well as models and other items produced by Denys, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

His exhibition was opened by actress Brenda Blethyn at a preview evening attended by more than 100 dignitaries including the Mayor of Ramsgate Cllr Kay Dark.

The show features work from his early days studying fine art at London’s Sir John Cass Technical Institute.

Paintings by Denys, who works in ink and wash, are hung all over the world. His commissions include pictures to mark the opening of Minster Museum by the Duchess of York and to mark HM The Queen’s 1991 visit to Ramsgate.

Special projects include designing a plaque to mark the Dunkirk evacuations. This stands in Pier Yard overlooking the inner basin of Ramsgate Harbour.

Denys has also designed memorials to honour the pilot and crew of the Blenheim Bomber brought down over Ramsgate in 1940. These are sited at the entrance to the old Ramsgate Hospital and at Manston’s Spitfire Museum.

A stained glass window at St Laurence-in-Thanet was created by Denys in memory of church reader Llloyd Butcher and St Augustine’s arrival on the isle in AD 597.

A stained glass lozenge by Denys can be seen in th Huguenot Chapel in Canterbury Cathedral.

Previous joint and solo exhibitions have taken place at London’s The Barbican as well as at galleries in France and Belgium.

Three books of his work have been produced. The publication of his last book, Ramsgate Illustrated, proved very demanding and triggered shingles, which has largely curtailed his work.

Denys is supporting the charity Help for Heroes which raises money towards nursing care and rehabilitation for wounded servicemen at Headley Court, Epsom.

This charity is close to his heart as one of his two sons Graham is in the Army.

More information about the charity can be found on the website www.helpforheroes.org.uk

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