‘World’s greatest portrait painter’ to exhibit again

Artist Peter Deighan in his Luton studio

Artist Peter Deighan in his Luton studio

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Celebrated Luton artist Peter Deighan is holding his first exhibition in more than a decade.

It will take place at Champneys Health Spa in Henlow and offers a rare opportunity to see his wonderfully eclectic body of work.

Now a great grandfather, the one-time Vauxhall welder said: “I thought it was time to start generating interest again.”

The man described as the world’s greatest portrait painter is equally well known for his popular sports canvases. His sensitive and exquisite paintings of wildlife, still life and ballet are also extremely popular.

He said: “I’ve always loved horses and horse racing. I don’t think people and animals are that different, they’re all living creatures. The still life I do is more of a technical exercise.”

His work hangs in the Vatican and is exhibited at some of the most prestigious collections in the world, including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Equestrian Society in the Mall Gallery, London.

He’s painted three prime ministers, among them John Major.

> The exhibition runs from October 11 until November 9.