Days gone by reflected in new art work

A 78 year old local artist has painted a picture of life in Kingswood at the turn of the 20th century. Brian Merrifield, who has lived in Kingswood all his life, was asked by Housing 21 to paint something for the benefit of all the residents at Falcon Court in New Cheltenham Road, the extra care scheme where Brian also lives.

A special presentation took place this week when Brian was joined by his family and fellow residents for the unveiling of the picture.

Brian’s latest work is of Regent Street in Kingswood in circa 1900. Over the years he has painted approximately 200 pictures, mainly of rural subjects and of local historical interest. Several of Brian’s paintings hang in Kingswood Heritage Museum.

Commenting on his painting, Brian said:
“I am pleased to be able to continue my hobby, which I find to be therapeutic. Health problems brought about my early retirement after working for 45 years as a compositor in the printing trade and painting has helped me.

“I hope that the painting of Regent Street will bring back some early memories for those who live or visit Falcon Court as well as being something of a talking point.”