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Artist gets vote in Brussels

By This is Devon  |  Posted: June 29, 2010

INVITATION: Gordon Frickers with the painting to be exhibited at the European Parliament building in Brussels

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A PAINTING of Plymouth's Cattewater, showing a scene from the early 1880s, is to be one of the centrepieces at an exhibition at the European Parliament.

Marine artist Gordon Frickers, from Plymstock, has been asked to submit the painting, titled Plymouth Cattewater, which shows a clipper loading before her imminent departure for Australia.

It is believed that Gordon will be one of very few British artists ever invited to exhibit at the Parliament building in Brussels — and certainly the first marine artist from Plymouth.

Gordon said the invitation came about following an enquiry on his website, www.frickers.co.uk

"The person was looking for two prints of the marine painting HMS Formidable, Seafires Returning, which was originally produced for a lady whose husband had served as a pilot," said Gordon, who spent 300 hours creating the 48ins x 30ins work. It turned out that I was speaking to a gentleman whose father had served in Formidable during the Second World War.

"This person turned out to be Brian Simpson, an MEP with transport responsibilities."

Brian offered Gordon the opportunity to exhibit at the European Parliament next year.

Gordon said: "I'm delighted to have been asked to exhibit the piece at such a venue."

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