Cartoon exhibition at the Brook Gallery

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

CARTOON capers came to Budleigh Salterton when fans of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher were invited to the Brook Gallery to meet the man who penned some of the famous images. The innovative cartoonist of Beano fame, JP Reynolds, was in town to mark the ope

CARTOON capers came to Budleigh Salterton when fans of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher were invited to the Brook Gallery to meet the man who penned some of the famous images. The innovative cartoonist of Beano fame, JP Reynolds, was in town to mark the opening of his exhibition which runs at the gallery, in Fore Street, from now until February 24.John Patrick Reynolds has secured the first licence to reproduce images from Britain's favourite post war comics - some of the country's most famous characters.Said John: "Dennis the Menace, Desperate Dan, the Bash Street Kids are all gifts to the printmaker - red and black jumpers, bold colours, simple outlines and the speech bubbles all make for really dramatic pictures." John was born in East London in 1961, studied English literature at the University of East Anglia, and became a journalist. From working on local newspapers in north London to war reporting in Croatia, his photography skills became more apparent, leading him then to explore screen-printing at the London Print Studios in west London. He had his first solo show at the Fourth Street Photo Gallery in New York.Since then his screen-prints have been shown all over Britain, and are currently being exhibited at Harrods of Knightsbridge. He lives and works in Maida Vale with his wife Kathryn, a New Yorker.

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