Hidden art revealed in display

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The work of an artist whose abstract paintings were largely hidden until his death will be the subject of an exhibition in Sheffield this weekend.

Despite being a prolific painter, Gordon Snee rarely exhibited his work and it was only after his death in January last year that the full range and extent of his life’s work was revealed.

His daughter Jo Snee, who lives in Pitsmoor, discovered stacks of enormous oil paintings produced by Gordon when clearing out his studio shed following his death.

She has since been on a mission to ensure her father’s impressive paintings are showcased to fellow art enthusiasts.

The latest exhibition of Gordon’s work, The Life of Painting, will be held in Kelham Island from Friday to Sunday.

More than 40 pieces of Gordon’s art, including previously unseen works, will be on show.

Jo, who is a member of Kelham Island Arts Collective, is curating and co-organising the exhibition.

She said: “This exhibition is a big step in our goal to promote my father’s work to the wider public and for it to gain the recognition it deserves.

“At the very first exhibition of my father’s work, which took place last year, visitors were astounded by the body of work and this event promises to be even and bigger and better.

“Since that exhibition we have discovered even more artworks and it will be a privilege to be able to show them to the public for the first time.”

The display will be held in the grounds of Little Kelham, a new sustainable property development at the Green Lane Works site on Green Lane in Kelham Island.

It will be opened at 6.30pm on Friday by Sheffield Central MP Paul Bloomfield.

The exhibition will continue from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and will conclude with a three-course Sunday feast at midday provided by The Milestone pub in Kelham Island.

Entry is free. Tickets for the feast can be bought for £12 from The Milestone.