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Dementia-stricken artist to showcase stunning range of work at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 March 2017

Colin Frooms with pieces of his artwork that will be on display at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.

Colin Frooms with pieces of his artwork that will be on display at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.

Patricia Moore

An artist who suffers from Dementia will have his stunning range of work featured in a two-week exhibit starting on Monday.

Colin Frooms with pieces of his artwork that will be on display at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Colin Frooms with pieces of his artwork that will be on display at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.

Thanks to friend Patricia Moore, 72, of White Hart Lane, Collier Row, life-long painter Colin Frooms, 83, from Palmers Green, will showcase his work at Queen’s Theatre.

Patricia, who met Colin through art more than 40 years ago, took the artist into her home when he began to suffer from the debilitating illness two years ago.

“He is part of the family. His whole life was about art,” said Patricia.

“He lived a very secluded life painting.

“Dementia changed him. It has totally changed him. It has stopped him painting which was his life.

“He can’t live on his own anymore. He loved living in his studio but now he can’t live there.

Colin Frooms with pieces of his artwork that will be on display at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Colin Frooms with pieces of his artwork that will be on display at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.

Colin who never married nor had children, dedicated his life to perfecting the techniques of Dutch and Venetian masters, in particular famous 16th century Italian painter Titian.

His pieces include haunting images of homeless people, individuals brought to life through fine-art oil paintings, sophisticated canvass images, and breath-taking conte-pencil pieces of characters from Charles Dickens’ novel Little Dorrit.

“He painted in a full range of tones and colours,” she continued.

“But he doesn’t paint anymore. He can’t now but he loves to look at the art. He still appreciates it.”

Feeling strongly that her friend’s work should get the recognition it deserves, Patricia approached the theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, and was pleasantly surprised to receive a call back.

“His work is beautiful,” she added.

Colin rarely displayed his artwork but Patricia said it means a lot to him that they will now be viewed for an extended period.

“The wonderful thing is that it won’t just be kept in storage. The public will be able to see it,” she said.

“It’s so wonderful for him, that people would be able to see his work.

Members of the community are also in for a treat as Colin’s life-sized painting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be displayed for the first time.

The exhibition is free and runs between March 6 and March 19.

To learn more about Colin and his work visit colinfrooms.wixsite.com/fine-art/about.

For more details on the exhibit visit queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/

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