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Brush With Art At Yorkshire Bank

7th April 2009

A new Nottingham artist held his first solo exhibition at an unusual location – a bank in the city centre.

Matthew Drage’s Skin and Bone show at the Yorkshire Bank Financial Solutions Centre (FSC) in Castle Meadow Road proved to be a huge success.

The 22-year-old is currently studying for his masters in philosophy at Cambridge University where he achieved a first in his degree in the same subject.

But the former Repton School pupil has set his sights on pursuing a career as an artist and his paintings, drawings and collages were well received by around 60 guests of Yorkshire Bank.

Joanne Belton, of Yorkshire Bank’s FSC in Nottingham, said: “Matthew is one of my clients along with his parents, Catherine and Fergus.

“I’ve always been aware of his talent as an artist but I didn’t realise just how talented he was until he brought along his work.

“His work revolves around the human body and he uses tracing paper, acrylic and graphite to reconstruct the skin and bone of the human figure - it is quite stunning.

“Matthew was delighted with the response from the guests not only from the favourable comments but he also sold three pieces and he was commissioned to draw three children of one of the guests.

“It was the first time we have held an art exhibition at the FSC but we would definitely do it again.

“Yorkshire Bank is at the heart of the networking hub in Nottingham for prominent figures in the business sector and this art show was another example of the role we play in the city’s business community.”

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