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Seeing is Believing as artist, aged 101, stages solo city show.

Byline: LauraDavis

IT'S pretty impressive that Liverpool artist George Cross is still painting at the age of 101, but even more so considering he did not start creating work until he was in his 60s.

The Toxteth grandfather discovered his knack with a brush when asked to make a sign for his church's rummage sale.

He then spent the following three decades painting Liverpool landmarks on pieces of cardboard.

Discovered by the organisers of a community project, he held his first solo exhibition at St George's Hall in 2007.

Today, the Liverpool Academy of Arts opens a new show of his work.

June Lornie, who runs the Seel Street gallery, says: "George will be 102 this year and is still painting.

"His striking works, with their bright colours and his unique line and for m, give an enchanting vision of our city's unique physical heritage."

Photographer Phil Cope and Dr Matthew Thomson, of Liverpool Community Spirit, were working on a project about Toxteth's Welsh Streets, earmarked for demolition, when they knocked on Mr Cross's front door. They were amazed to see his collection of work and suggested he exhibit it.

In an interview with the Daily Post at the time, the artist recalled the day he first began painting.

He said: "I was asked to paint a sign with poster paints and I must have enjoyed doing it because I got in my car, parked up and painted a picture of a church. It started from there.

"Then a neighbour gave me some old oil paints and I just kept going.

"People would tell me I should sell them. I sold one once, but I never really thought they were good enough."

[bar] SEEING is Believing: The Paintings of George Cross, is at the Liverpool Academy of Arts, Seel Street, from today until May 12. Visit www.la-art.co.uk for gallery opening times.

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Date:Apr 26, 2011
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