Malvern artist to hold first major exhibition in 25 years

A Malvern born and raised artist is holding his first major exhibition of his paintings in 25 years.

Chris Lennard, who trained at the Malvern School of Art in the 1970s, will display his oil and watercolor paintings at Lyttleton Well in Church Street, Great Malvern.

The exhibition will be visible from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Good Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays April 15 and 16.

A former freelance professional entertainer, Mr Lennard began a new career as a learning disabilities health assistant with the NHS, starting at Osborne Court in Malvern Link in 2002.

He worked there for four years full-time and three more part-time while completing a Bsc (Hons) at the University of Worcester in Mental Health Nursing in 2009.

Mr Lennard was a registered mental health nurse for 12 years, working in the NHS (Harvington Ward Adult Inpatient unit in Kidderminster) and in the private sector.

His most recent post was at Pirton Grange Specialist Care Center, near Upton-upon-Severn, caring for people with Huntington’s disease and acquired brain damage. He worked there for six years.

Mr Lennard retired from nursing in February 2021 and has painted prolifically since then.

His exhibition will include his many paintings of local landscapes in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, as well as paintings of ballet and jazz and classical musicians.

It will include several of his works from the 1970s to the present day.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Most of the paintings will be for sale and any proceeds from the sale will go to St Richard’s Hospice, who are supporting this event, to support their ongoing work with the people of Worcestershire.

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