Part of the Painted Paper series by Malcolm TillisOver 40 works of art by local collage artist Malcolm Tillis are on sale at a Shrewsbury ‘pop up’ street gallery to support the work of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

90-year-old Malcolm has been a collage artist for 20 years, selling his works of art to raise funds for various charities. His art is world renowned with a commendation from F. Lanier Graham, the distinguished art historian and former curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Malcolm draws his inspiration from places such as India, Italy and Spain where he lived for 25 years before settling in Shropshire where his home has now become a studio.

Since childhood, Malcolm had a thirst for the arts in their various forms. He was a musician; a viola player in the Manchester Halle Orchestra for five years and has published three books of collage. Malcolm uses recycled materials to create his collages; apart from the heavy card used for the base of each work, very little bought material is used, with discarded card, paper and even offcuts of wallpaper being utilised in his latest work.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin said: 'I have seen some of Malcolm’s work in the gallery and we are very grateful for his generosity. It is lovely to see a man in his later years still active and enjoying his work. I would urge people to go along to visit the exhibition, it is really impressive.'

Malcolm’s work is for sale until 28 September at the temporary ‘pop up’ street gallery at 18-19 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury, as part of the Visual Art Network. Malcolm will be donating 20% of the takings from the sale of his work to Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

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