Local artist Mrs Murals has been working alongside Plympton library to paint a large public mural with the community.
Young children, families and local councillors have helped with the artwork on the outside wall of Plympton library which commemorates the 300th birthday of portrait artist Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was born in Plympton. Mrs Murals painted a design onto the wall, which included a large armchair, one of Reynolds famous paintings and a large bookcase. Members of the local community were then invited to help finish the mural by painting books in the bookcase, assisted by Mrs Murals.
Project coordinator Roxanne from Plympton library said “The library felt it wanted to produce an exciting but enduring tribute to Plympton’s most famous son. This mural perfectly combines the work of Joshua Reynolds with the world of reading and is made extra special because of the community’s involvement in its creation ”
Mrs Murals said “What a fantastic project to be involved in! It has been a great way to get together with the local community to enjoy art, literature and local history. It’s been a real pleasure and such a privilege to have had the chance to celebrate a brilliant local artist in this way.”
Joshua Reynolds was born in 1723 as a son of the master of Plympton Free Grammar school and lived in Plympton for his early life. He travelled around Europe extensively and learned from the great artists in Italy. He is best known for his portraits and in 1768 became the first president of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Plympton Library is a wonderful source of information about art and artists, as well as other local celebrities and historical figures. It is also well known for engaging the community and local events.
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