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Fakenham artist foiled again from exhibition

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Banned Fakenham artist and former headteacher, Terri Broughton, has had to cancel her talk and oil painting exhibition at the Norfolk Painting School in Tattersett this week because of the coronavirus.

Ironically, Broughton’s first solo exhibition scheduled for Pensthorpe Park in December, was banned because her paintings of children isolated in gas masks were deemed to be too disturbing for the public… but that was before Covid-19 virus raised its ugly head.

Terri said: "Now the public are scrambling for face masks! The isolation implied by the gas mask paintings now seem weirdly apocryphal and sensible rather than something deemed too scary for public consumption."

Gas Mask by Terri Broughton (32198647)
Gas Mask by Terri Broughton (32198647)

Her challenging images of children wearing gas masks now reflect the national mood for keeping safe. However on a practical level, the exhibition has been postponed until after the virus threat is passed.

When Pensthorpe banned her exhibition shortly before it was due to open, the Norfolk Painting School bravely stepped up to offer her a solo exhibition.

Terri, a former headteacher of a large Norfolk academy, had a traumatic childhood after both her parents died when she was just seven years old and she and her two sisters were subsequently split up, spending years in foster care and with distant relatives. It is these stories which triggered her disturbing images.

Gas Mask by Terri Broughton (32198652)
Gas Mask by Terri Broughton (32198652)

She is a British contemporary oil painter influenced by story telling painters like Paula Rego, Andrew Salgado and Lucien Freud and her work has attracted a considerable following in a very short space of time.

She only took up painting a year ago, having sprung fully formed from the Norfolk Painting School intensive year-long diploma course. Her success is in no small part due to the inspirational teaching of leading British contemporary artist and course director, Martin Kinnear.

She comes from a long line of artists, and her father was a professional painter. She always wanted to be a painter but was always told "your father is a painter. You are not a painter".

It was only after harbouring a 50-year ambition that she made the commitment to become a painter after a successful career as a teacher, art therapist, education consultant, and life coach.

Terri said: “I have been preparing for this exhibition for almost nine months and it has suffered two setbacks, which is very distressing. Hundreds of people were due to come from all over the country to the opening of the exhibition.

"However, for public safety, it is not prudent to hold it at this time. It will now be held when the virus danger is over.”

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