MOST people will think of Timmy Mallett as a comedian or TV presenter. But it turns out he has another string to his bow. He’s also an artist, and he will be opening a new exhibition of his work at Henley’s Lemongrove Gallery on the first Sunday in June.
Timmy began his media career as a radio presenter in the early Eighties and later became a children’s television presenter on Breakfast TV. He has become a familiar face to millions of viewers, gaining a reputation for his extravagant dress sense, quirky glasses and enthusiastic presenting style.
Alongside his colourful approach to life he has a serious, academic side and graduated from Warwick University with a degree in history. One of the areas he chose to study was history of art. Yet it was not until recent years that he decided to go public with his lifelong ambition to be an artist.
Timmy’s work is widely collected across the world and he has painted many famous faces including Lorraine Kelly, Sir Clive Woodward, Ulrika Jonsson, Wendy Craig and Jim Rosenthal.
He has said that he loves painting and will reach for “Mallett’s palette” at the drop of a brush.
“I paint every day,” he says. “Inspiration is everywhere. And you won’t be surprised to see I adore colour.”
Working daily in his studio in oils and acrylics, he takes his inspiration from his travels in the UK and worldwide and in particular the colours and moods of the ever-changing seasons.
He says: “At times like this you wonder what the rest of the world is doing and marvel that anyone could be sleeping through this magic. Carpe diem — seize the day — is one of my favourite maxims. Life is full of great moments and I love to paint them.”
Timmy will be launching his solo exhibition at the Lemongrove on Friday, June 6. The exhibition will feature original paintings and a new collection of limited editions inspired by sunshine and shadow, the changing seasons and the “magic of the moment”.
Kirsty Chapman, gallery manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Timmy to the gallery. He is a famously colourful character and we are looking forward to introducing him to collectors. It’s not every day you get to chat about artwork with a household name. Timmy will be personally dedicating his artwork at this event and I do hope our friends will join us on what will be a very special evening.”
Prices of work at the exhibition range from £400 to £9,950.
For details of how to receive an invitation to the opening contact the gallery on (01491) 577215.