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Homeless Bourne End artist launches professional art career
A HOMELESS man from Bourne End who is taking a creative gamble by setting himself up as a professional artist has landed his first ever solo exhibition starting this week.
Chris Hall is a former IT consultant, but through family issues and problems with alcohol is currently without a permanent address, relying on sofa surfing for a roof over his head.
But the 38-year-old, who has previously set up a group promoting homeless art in High Wycombe, will be selling his landscape paintings at a special event held at Bourne End library.
He said: "It can be difficult to pay for the materials without an income, but I have sold two paintings recently to a friend of a friend who really liked them so that spurred me on to give this a real go.
"I have come off jobseekers allowance, it wasn’t working for me so I have decided to take this step and set up for myself selling my art.
"Luckily I have a great circle of friends around me who are giving me their support and telling me to go for it.
"It is a big step but I know it’s something I can do and hopefully make a success of."
Chris will be at the library most days to talk to art fans and potential buyers, and even plans to set up his easel and paint at the exhibition.
And he has pledged to give 20 per cent of the proceeds from sales to Bourne End library to buy extra books.
Chris organised an exhibition at Wycombe Library earlier this year featuring artwork from members of the Wycombe Homeless Connection.
The art enthusiast started his Wyart organisation from scratch, buying materials and running sessions at The Hub in High Wycombe with the aim of giving an outlet to others facing problems like his own.
The exhibition runs from August 6 to 20 at Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road.
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