Derbyshire artist sells 20 paintings to aid Macmillan cancer research in memory of teenage friend

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James Preston is raising funds for the Macmillan Cancer Trust, in memory of a young roadie who died of the disease, through the sale of 20 of his paintings.
James Preston is raising funds for the Macmillan Cancer Trust, in memory of a young roadie who died of the disease, through the sale of 20 of his paintings.

James Preston hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity when 20 of his works are put under the hammer at the online auction today (Wednesday 12 January).

Artist Duffield’s paintings have been exhibited in private collections around the world, including in Tokyo, Zurich, Italy and Spain,

Faye Dodsley, Art Expert at Hansons Auctioneers, said: “Being a creative soul, James has for many years played lead guitar in various rock groups, both professionally and just for fun. Sadly, one of his roadies died of this devastating disease at a very young age many years ago. James never forgot and, like many others, wanted to support this important charity.

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James Preston’s Swarkestone tank is expected to fetch between £ 40 and £ 100 at auction.

“He is delighted to offer these selected works of art for others to enjoy, knowing that all proceeds will go to a particularly good cause. Together, the paintings could sell for around £ 3,500.

“His work is inspired by Derbyshire, but the oil paintings on offer also include coastal scenes, a lazy river, water lilies, a woodland scene with a squirrel and a Christmas cake.

“With estimates ranging from £ 40 to £ 100, people can potentially buy an original piece of art at a very affordable price – and support cancer research.”

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