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David Hoult from Lowton with all the artworks he has painted at home during lockdown, and which he is now selling to raise money for good causes

Lockdown inspired artist raises hundreds with front garden art exhibition

Congratulations to keen local artist, David Hoult, who has raised an incredible £700 after selling the paintings he was inspired to create whilst staying at home during lockdown.

And now David says he isn’t stopping there – and has set himself the target to take his total fundraising to more than £1,000 by Christmas.

Retired David is usually kept busy working as a volunteer – either at Wigan Infirmary or at Dunham Massey as a gardener. But, with lockdown and being aged over 70, David hasn’t been able to do either role since March. So, he picked up his paint and brushes for the first time in a while – and began creating a number of acrylic works on canvas.

Because of the lockdown, proper artists canvasses were more difficult to get hold of. So David was inventive – recycling old ones and even painting some of his pieces on cardboard.

After surprising himself with the amount of pieces he produced, he decided to offer the works for sale in the hope of raising a little bit of money for two causes he is passionate about – the NHS and Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

With the help and encouragement of his daughter, David set up an Instagram page – art.bydave – where he is posting pictures of his paintings and people can make an offer to buy them. Each piece has a suggested price of £10 for a smaller work or £20 for a large, making this a great way for people to cheer up their homes with unique artwork.

He also held an art exhibition in his front garden on Cranham Avenue so that passers-by could see his work, make a donation or even purchase one for themselves.

“I never expected to make as much as I have,” said David. “I’m really pleased. And because I’ve had a lot of interest in some of the pieces that were already sold, I’m taking orders for more works – and I’ve set myself the target of taking the fundraising to £1,000 by Christmas.”

This week, David took half the money raised so far to Wigan Infirmary, where the nurses were so impressed with this efforts that they’ve asked him to create a bespoke piece of art for their staff room, too!

This isn’t the first time David has used his artistic skills for good – since retiring 10 years ago he has previously sold a few of his works at the Infirmary Arts for Health exhibitions at the Wigan hospital.

Well done David!

Would you like to buy a piece of David’s art?

Head over to his Instagram page – art.bydave – and you can see his pieces, reserve one for yourself or even ask him to create something bespoke. Suggested donations for the piece are £10 for a small painting and £20 for a larger one.

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