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Left-Handed Guitarist
© the artist . Photo credit: Hampshire County Council’s Contemporary Art Collection

Left-Handed Guitarist

Mike Becket (b.1946)

Hampshire County Council’s Contemporary Art Collection

Designer and artist, several of whose lyrical, circus-oriented acrylic-on-Perspex paintings were included in Vision 21 at Bonhams, Knightsbridge, in 2004. Becket was best known as a set and costume designer for fringe companies and ballet at the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet. In the theatre he worked with leading designers and artists, including John Craxton, David Hockney, Sidney Nolan, Victor Pasmore and John Piper before turning to his own paintings and themes. In these, he cast a wry eye over audiences, figures in the orchestra and backstage events. He had many mixed show appearances, including Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, from 1987; Royal Opera House Foyer, 1994; Heifer Gallery from 1995; Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, from 1995, when he was awarded first prize in The Sea Exhibition; Harbour Lights Gallery, Southampton, 1997; and Belgrave Gallery St Ives, from 1999.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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