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Max Mansbridge-West swaps kitchen knives for paintbrush as young artist set for first exhibitions - 02/10/2017

A CHEF turned artist is set to showcase his work in a series of exhibitions taking place across the country.

Max Mansbridge-West, former student from University Academy Warrington, ditched his chef’s knives in favour of the paintbrush two years ago.

The 24-year-old saved money from his job in the kitchen of Le Bistrot Pierre in Stockton Heath to study at the London Atelier of Representational Art.

Former Padgate High School pupil Max said: "I've always made art since high school - my teacher Ms Markham was a big push in that direction. 

"I studied foundation art at Priestley College but I didn't get into university so I decided to go and get a job, and I was saving my money for going travelling, "Then this came up, and I thought I'd have a go to see where it takes me.

"I've always got the kitchen to fall back on if being an artist is a lost cause."

Now Max’s works Barry, Virginia and Venus are set to be exhibited at the Society of Graphic Fine Art in London, the Royal Academy of Art in Bristol and the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead respectively.

He added: "I've just finished studying, so now I want to make a mark in some exhibitions this year.

"At the moment, I create quite realistic paintings but in the future I might stretch out to do more personal work."

"These are my first exhibitions so it's all really new to me.

"I'm kind of nervous to be going all around the country with my art.

"You don't know how it's going to go or what's going to be happening, but it's quite exciting." 

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News Article from 'Warrington Guardian'