Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Gadgie Painting Up for Sale to Help Theatre

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Gadgie Painting Up for Sale to Help Theatre

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE'S famous "gadgie" paid a rare visit to the theatre yesterday as the subject of artist Alexander Millar's latest painting.

THE working man in cloth cap and boots, made famous across the world by the Newcastle-based artist, is now the star of a new work of art which is to be sold at a silent auction to raise funds for Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

Unveiling the oil painting, called My Way, Millar was joined by 68-year-old Peter Greenhalsh, the model for his gadgie paintings, the latest of which shows the familiar view of his back, this time as he looks out from the theatre stage into the auditorium.

It's the first time the gadgie has been seen in a theatre setting, says Millar, whose work was initially inspired by the ordinary working men and women in his Scottish home town of Springside, near Kilmarnock.

On moving to the North East about 35 years ago, he made locals his subjects and Peter, from Wallsend, has now posed for him for the past seven years since the previous gadgie retired. …

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