Art exhibition at Beacon Gallery

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An exhibition celebrating the work of a leading UK black artist opened at the Beacon Gallery in Hastings on October 3.

Paintings by Rudi Patterson From Jamaica to Notting Hill showcases the work of the artist who had 40 exhibitions in four continents before his death in 2013. Some paintings are up for sale and three were sold on the opening night.

He was born in Jamaica but moved to London in 1955 to become a successful actor. He took up painting in the late 1960s after breaking his neck in a water-skiing accident.

Patterson painted scenes inspired by his childhood living in a sugar plantation village in Jamaica from memory while living in a north London council flat.

The exhibition is open at weekends and by appointment until the end of November.