Saffron Walden artists uncovers hidden talent after suffering stroke

Paul Hunt

Paul Hunt - Credit: Archant

A man born and bred in Saffron Walden has discovered a talent for art following a stroke that left him in rehabilitation for more than three months.

Paul Hunt's art

Paul Hunt's art - Credit: Archant

So great is his talent that former Saffron Walden County High School pupil Paul Hunt, 52, was just one of 24 artists selected for the renowned World of Colour Pencil Artists exhibition in the Keswick’s Pencil Museum this autumn.

Mr Hunt, formerly of Little Walden Road and now living in Great Chesterford with partner Karen, had a severe stroke eight years ago.

Years later, there remain parts of Mr Hunt’s brain that will never recover.

But is through art and his raw talent that the former singer and plumber has been able to both exercise and maximise his co-ordination and concentration; and have his abilities recognised.

“I did art at O Level and then didn’t do it again until eight years ago when my physiotherapist suggested it might be a way to get my hand and brain co-ordinated,” he said.

“I found he had a bit of talent in the process – very raw really.”

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Mr Hunt’s work is mostly pencil, both black and colour, and he also does some ink work.

The artist has had his work exhibited and sold at the prestigious London Mall Galleries as a member of the Guild of Aviation Artists.

And Mr Hunt has just been been invited to have two pieces of art included in the exclusive Music Industry Art Exhibition from Tuesday, October 27 to Saturday, November 7 at the Nude Tin Can Gallery in St Albans.

“Art has become an important part of the recovery process, as well as being something I enjoy,” said Mr Hunt.

“Though when my body has had enough my hands do start shaking.

“My brain was severely damaged - but the art still works to keep my brain and hand in sync.”

Mr Hunt will be exhibiting as part of the Saffron Walden Art Society exhibition at the town hall from today (Thursday, October 22) until Sunday, October 25, with a live demonstration on Friday. His art will be available to purchase.