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'Faceless' artist returns to 20-21

‘Faceless’ artist returns to 20-21

15 March 2018

A brand new exhibition is set to open at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre on 17 March as one of Scunthorpe’s most popular artists returns with his ‘faceless’ character. 

Lee Coleman had his first solo exhibition at the gallery in Scunthorpe back in 2008, when he exhibited 12 large-scale drawings featuring his, now well-known, ‘Mr Faceless’ character.

Lee’s latest exhibition, Reprise will be on show in the Nave gallery at 20-21 from Saturday 17 March until 14 April 2018. It is free to visit and open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

What is more remarkable about Lee’s painstaking drawings is that he makes time to craft his artworks, while working full-time in a demanding job as a paramedic. Often he creates his emotionally charged drawings as a way of winding down from the stresses of his ‘day job’.

Lee created his anonymous and enigmatic character as a way of capturing emotional or challenging scenarios without revealing facial expressions, using body language and location alone.

Born and raised in Scunthorpe, in his mid-teenage years Lee appeared in a number of productions for the local Youth Theatre. When one of his fellow cast members decided to leave and move to Liverpool, as a parting gift, he drew a picture. Since then he has gone from strength to strength and crowds have flocked to exhibitions and events featuring Lee’s distinctive character, as well as his more recent depictions of pop and mod culture.

Despite the popularity of Mr Faceless, in recent years Lee has been concentrating on new work, often depicting his passion for scooters, music and Mod fashion.

Reprise is Lee’s new exhibition that marks a triumphant return of his favourite character, featuring a brand new set of drawings. Lee promises there will be a few surprises for Mr Faceless fans.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Community Wellbeing, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the return of well-known Scunthorpe artist, Lee Coleman. His first ever solo exhibition at 20-21 was a huge success and is where his Mr Faceless character became so recognisable.

“Lee’s latest exhibition promises to be stylish and distinctive, and will grab peoples’ attention.

“If you didn’t get the opportunity to see his last exhibition, take the opportunity to go this time and you’ll see for yourself how great Lee’s work is.”

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First Published:15 March 2018