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Portrait unveiling at Town Crier event

Created on 13/07/2016 @ 10:25
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Artist Daniel Yeomans is preparing for perhaps one of his most unusual portrait unveilings when he pulls the cover from his latest work in front of 14 UK town criers at a national event in Montgomery, Powys this weekend.

Daniel, who trained at one of the most prestigious art schools ‘Charles Cecil Studios’ in Florence, Italy, is currently working on a number of different portrait projects, one of which focuses on individuals from the local community and has lead to the opportunity to paint a project with his home town’s very own Town Crier, Sue Blower.

And his latest work, believed to be the only full length portrait of a Town Crier in the UK, will be unveiled at an event during the second Montgomery Town Crier Competition being held on 16-17 July in front of 14 Town Criers, including one from New Zealand.

“When painting a portrait, the first thing is to to capture a likeness. But for me the challenge is trying to paint it in such a way that communicates the character and energy of the model to the viewer. The public reaction to the unveiling is the perfect critique for the artist, helping to measure the extent of its success,” he said.

Daniel is a portrait painter, however he also puts a lot of energy into his landscape paintings, many of which can be found hanging publicly and privately throughout Europe, including Switzerland where he lived before returning to set up his own studio near Montgomery earlier this year.

The portrait of Sue Blower will be unveiled during the two day Montgomery Town Crier Competition which takes place in the famous border town best known for its castle ruin stood foreboding above the former Montgomeryshire county town.

“I feel very privileged to have had my portrait painted. Daniel is an amazing artist and he’s captured the very essence of a Town Crier at work and I think everyone who views the portrait at the unveiling will be very impressed.”

Over the two days, 14 Town Criers from throughout the UK and one from New Zealand, will participate in “cries” to find the best one. The event has been supported by Montgomery Town Council and local businesses.

The Town Criers will arrive on the Friday evening, hosted by local families, before taking part in a Home Cry on Saturday, followed by other events and a civic reception on the Saturday evening. On the Sunday there will be a parade in the town centre before a church service.

“It’s going to be an amazing weekend and we want as many people to come along and to enjoy the occasion as possible,” added Sue.

The portrait will be unveiled at 10.30am in Montgomery Town Hall and will be on show on Saturday and Sunday and Daniel plans to be around to meet people throughout the weekend.

The portrait will go on to be part of an exhibition being created by Daniel, scheduled to take place next year.

Photo: Montgomery Town Crier, Sue Blower (©Owain Betts)

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