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Romford Pictures: Pensioner painter from Gidea Park unveils first solo exhibition

PUBLISHED: 14:32 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:41 27 January 2016

Fred Praver, 84, with his painting of Langtons House at the launch of his first ever solo exhibition, at Havering Museum

Fred Praver, 84, with his painting of Langtons House at the launch of his first ever solo exhibition, at Havering Museum

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An artist who has painted more than 50 pieces after coming to the hobby late in life is delighted to have unveiled his first ever solo exhibition.

Fred Praver, 84, of Eyre Close, Gidea Park, was invited by Havering Museum to showcase as many as 50 of his paintings, including various animal, landscape and portrait prints, in one of its galleries.

And the painter, who took up the hobby aged 67, was the star guest at its official launch last week, in High Street, Romford.

Museum chairman Peter Stewart said: “I was amazed at the diverse subjects of Fred’s work.

“We are delighted to give him this opportunity, he is an amazing and talented man.”

One of the paintings on display at Fred Praver's first solo exhibition, being held at Havering MuseumOne of the paintings on display at Fred Praver's first solo exhibition, being held at Havering Museum

Fred, who spends two to three weeks on each piece and has 14 of them hanging at Queen’s Hospital, previously told the Recorder: “I have enjoyed doing my art, it is still a wonderful relaxation.

“As far as I’m concerned, I shall carry on painting until I can’t hold a paintbrush; I love it.”

The display runs until April 2.

For more information, call 01708 766571 or visit haveringmuseum.org.uk.

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