Registered blind painter launches first exhibition

PUBLISHED: 11:45 22 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:45 22 January 2015

Ken Newman

Ken Newman


Work focusses on military aircraft

Painting and shooting aren’t the first professions that spring to mind for a blind man.

After over 30 years of running a successful family business Ken Newman was forced to retire due to a rare disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, meaning he was progressively going blind.

With little direction and desperately needing to fill his time, Mr Newman took up a new-found hobby, clay pigeon shooting, even winning himself a place in the Guinness World Records. It may have been a surprise to many but to him it was set to lead him to his second career.

A passion for shooting kept Mr Newman busy for almost a decade before he decided to go that one step further and combine his sport with his artistic talent.

Starting with FX paint effect on his own shotguns hesoon pipped the curiosity of members of the Kent Gun Club who requested his art working skills for their own shotguns. The demand for his work soon meant that much to his wife’s delight, he had to build a self-purpose studio. He now regularly experiments with a variety of design methods, most notably air brushing, on a selection of surfaces, from canvas and paper to fridges and yo-yos.

He is now launching his first ever art exhibition, at the Bromley Arts Council.

Mr Newman’s recent work draws inspiration from last year’s centenary of the First World War as well as a touch of gothic horror. However, he is open-minded about his next challenge: “My motto is if it stands still and will fit through my door I will paint it!”

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