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Byline: Lyndsay Oxley Reporter lyndsay.oxley@trinitymirror.com

A TEESSIDE artist, whose work was inspired by his father's theft of a Lowry masterpiece, has landed a deal which will see his work go on sale in galleries across the country. Sean Durkin, 51, is a professional artist and the son of the infamous John Durkin, who caused a sensation on Sunday, March 19, 1972, when he stole a Lowry painting from the old Middlesbrough Art Gallery.

After taking the picture of St Hilda's Church and Middlesbrough's old Town Hall, which now hangs in mima in Middlesbrough, he demanded the then Mayor raed his underpants for charity to secure the painting's safe keeping.

Sean was only eight at the time, but he remembers the aair well.

Recalling the painting of what looked like a big house, a church and some matchstick people scurrying around, Sean is now an artist in his own right.

Sean rst began showcasing his work last May in e Art House, on Linthorpe Road, in Middlesbrough.

However, he has just landed himself a deal with Image Design Northern Editions Ltd which will see his work selling in art galleries throughout the UK.

e Harrogate ne art dealers are set to sell the Middlesbrough artist's work through a network of UK high street galleries.

Sean said: "ey approached me about my work and I went to see them last week.

"ey deal in hundreds of galleries.

"ey said we love your work and we could really do something with it."

Within 24 hours, Image Design Northern Editions Ltd sold 11 of Sean's paintings.

Sean said: "It is a bit overwhelming because I wasn't geared up to do it.

"At the moment I do the paintings in a studio in my back garden, but I am going to look for a professional workshop and get some assistance."

Up until now, Sean has been completing an average of two paintings each week.

"However, with this latest deal his workload is set to increase.

He said: "It is an opportunity I can't lose. All these Middlesbrough scenes are going to be seen all over the country. It's just incredible."

" Sean is thankful to David Spencer and Mark Bennett, ofe Art House, for their support and help in getting him to where he is today.

David, 53, said: "We are over the moon for Sean. It is more about being able to promote him than anything else.

"He has got something that everyone likes. ere is no other artist doing this style.

"We would love to see Sean go really big. You need a lucky break and hopefully this will be it." Managing director of Image Design Northern Editions Ltd, John Pope, said: "My company represents some of the most successful artists working in Britain today and to be able to add Sean to our portfolio is fantastic news."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Mar 19, 2015
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