Son exhibits father’s artwork

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A FELPHAM man’s dream will soon become reality, as he exhibits his father’s artwork.

Tony Lane, of Lionel Avenue, is preparing to display Bill Lane’s work at Chichester College, where the former head of art taught for nearly forty years.

Tony said he hopes current art students at the college will see his father’s work and be inspired by it.

“It has been a dream and life-long ambition of mine to get all my father’s work in one place for people to see,” he said.

Tony has about 45 works on acrylic by his dad. Their subjects range from Brighton’s former West Pier, to ballerinas and Marilyn Munroe.

On top of his long career at the college, Bill Lane is also known for creating the mosaic of Florence Nightingale from coloured ceramics – a piece which still hangs at St Richard’s Hospital’s outpatients department in Chichester.

The artist, who moved to Bognor Regis is 1962 to become an art teacher, passed away in December last year.

He had a long career sharing his knowledge and skill and in 1993, was made head of the School of Art, Design and Media Studies at the college.

He retired in 1997, having advanced the curriculum to include beauty therapy.

Bill Lane exhibited his work in Edes House in Chichester, Chichester Festival Theatre, Brighton University, Liverpool, in Kensington and Marble Arch in London.

He was also commissioned to create work for Chichester Cathedral’s flower festival and The Earl of March at Goodwood.

The exhibition will run for three weeks, from October 2.

n We would like to hear from people who were inspired by Tony Lane during their time at Chichester College.

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