Danny Wilde sings praises of artist as new portrait revealed

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A 10-foot high portrait of Seaside Danny Wilde has been unveiled as part of a new 
exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery.

Called Your Place or Mine, the show is an electic mix of paintings inspired by Scarborough.

A portrait of renown Scarborough entertainer 'Seaside' Danny Wilde, pictured viewing the artwork, features in the new exhibition of work by Yorkshire Coast College fine art students, Your Place Or Mine, at Scarborough Art Gallery. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130341a 18/01/2013

A portrait of renown Scarborough entertainer 'Seaside' Danny Wilde, pictured viewing the artwork, features in the new exhibition of work by Yorkshire Coast College fine art students, Your Place Or Mine, at Scarborough Art Gallery. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130341a 18/01/2013

They have been produced by members of Scarborough Art Society and students at Yorkshire Coast College.

Singer Danny –who plays in pubs across the town – thinks the painting by student Issac Harrison is a masterpiece.

“I think it’s wonderful. I’m very pleased,” said the entertainer who was invited to the private viewing at the gallery in The Crescent.

The picture even includes in the background a Wildette – one of Danny’s devoted fans.

“He could have put a few more Wildette’s in it,” joked Danny who said of course he would buy the painting if it was for sale. Called after its subject, the painting is based on a Caravaggio picture of Bacchus – seated at a table with a goblet of red wine in his hand.

“It is also about mystical heroes, every town has their own heroes and Danny is one of Scarborough’s,” said Issac’s tutor Andy Black. Nineteen-year-old Issac works at Poundland, Westborough, and his shift clashed with the exhibition opening so could not meet Danny.

Another highlight of the show is an untitled abstract piece by student Ruth Wilson, who has been accepted into the Rushkin School of Art, in Oxford.

The 19-year-old, who lives in Scarborough and works part time at the art gallery, said: “I am really thrilled to be accepted. It is a fabulous opportunity for me.”

Launching the exhibition, the new principal of Yorkshire Coast College Clare Wareing said: “This is a collaborative project with Scarborough Art Society and we are thrilled to be involved. It is about views and visions of Scarborough and what the town means to the artists.

“It is also about much more than producing a piece of work, it’s about research and the social aspect of painting. A lot of time, energy and talent has gone into this exhibition.”

President of Scarborough Art Society Bill Blake said there were many interpretations of the town on show.

“Both groups met at the college campus to break the ice prior to the exhibition, which was uselful and interesting,” said Mr Blake.

It runs until February 24.