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Studio's hidden artists get ready to unveil their body of work
1:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
DOWN a quiet suburban street in East Oxford, people have been stripping off their clothes in the name of art for the past five years.
Now, artist Francis O’Neill is ready to show the world his work.
The painter is one of 25 artists who use the Magdalen Road Studios, which are opening their doors to the public for one weekend on September 14 and 15.
Mr O’Neill, 35, who lives in Hollow Way, Oxford, also teaches life-drawing classes at the studio on Thursdays. Since he moved in he has been developing his technique, blending paints.
He said: “I have been working on a body of portraiture and figurative works which have now come to fruition.”
“After I moved into the studio, I went back to the Old Masters and looked into the craft of it, learning how to make paint.
“Each one of the 30 paintings that will be on display is me learning how to make paint and use it.”
Most of his models are people who live and work in East Oxford.
The Magdalen Road Studios, a registered charity, was set up about 20 years ago to provide affordable studio space for city artists.
Some stay for a few months, others for years.
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