Mouth-painter Barry West's view of Eastbourne Pier which is to be part of public art project in Eastbourne.

Framfield mouth painter’s work will have pride of place at Eastbourne exhibition

The work of Framfield mouth-painting artist Barry West will have a special place at an exhibition at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne next month.

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Barry West makes a start on a painting which will take pride of place at an exhibition in Eastbourne next month

His image of Eastbourne pier and beach, produced before the devastating fire, will be blown up in size to 3m x 4m. Members of the public will be asked to draw a self-portrait which will then be cut out and placed onto Barry’s scene.

There will be 75 original paintings by Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) in the exhibition but it is Barry’s work that has been singled out to be used as the association supports a national event, The Big Draw, which aims to get the public drawing.

The exhibition takes place at the Towner Gallery from October 21 to 26.

Barry is a student mouth painter with the MFPA and has demonstrated his skills at a variety of venues, including at the Olympic Park in London, since joining the association.

He was born in 1976, the youngest of six children. At the age of 17 he started his own business as a landscape gardener but in 1996, when he was 19, he was paralysed in a car accident and left with just the use of his head.

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Barry West works on the pavilion – since destroyed by fire – on Eastbourne Pier.

Barry has had many adventures since his accident, including scuba diving, skiing, and mountain challenges.

It wasn’t until 2010 that he started mouth painting. then after a meeting with Tom Yendell from the association and lots of painting practice Barry was taken on as a student artists’ artist in 2013.

He likes the use of bright colours and paints many subjects.

Barry told UckfieldNews.com he was very pleased his work was to be part of The Big Draw. He will work on a sketch of himself to go into the final picture.

*This weekend from Friday, to Sunday, 10.30-4.30pm daily, Barry will be at The Old Loom Mill in Ersham Road, Hailsham, where world-renowned water colourist Lorus Maver will also be holding water colour workshops.

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