Dec 7 2012 by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
ARTWORK by Dame Beryl Bainbridge went on show at the Museum of Liverpool today.
The exhibition gives visitors a glimpse of one of the late writer’s other passions – painting.
“Beryl Bainbridge, painter” brings together 15 paintings, many of them owned by her family and which have never gone on public display before.
They include portraits of family and friends, as well as artwork inspired by her memories of Liverpool or based on books she was writing on subjects like Captain Scott’s journey to the South Pole, and the Titanic.
Dame Beryl, from Formby, painted and drew from an early age, but chose to write as a career and painted for pleasure.
Curator Paul Gallagher said: “Literature’s gain was the art world’s loss.
“Both her writing and painting were heavily biographical, and this is a very personal and intimate exhibition.
“The family own the vast majority of what we are seeing, which makes it even more powerful and poignant.”
Daughter Jojo Davies, who attended a launch of the show last night with her brother and sister, added: “These paintings are on our walls, in our houses and are very treasured.
“I think the exhibition will show people the whole of Mum’s creativity. It was a side of her which they did not see, but very expressive of her personality.”
The writer’s close friend for 50 years, Psiche Hughes, has written a book – Beryl Bainbridge, Artist, Writer, Friend which draws together many of the late author’s paintings.
She said of the exhibition: “I’m very pleased. Paul has managed to represent different stages in Beryl’s life and writing.”
“Beryl Bainbridge, painter” runs at the Museum of Liverpool until April 28.