A BURNLEY-BORN artist will be hitting our television screens tomorrow as the subject of a special profile on the BBC.
Mr Liam Spencer was born in Harle Syke and attended both St John the Baptist RC Junior School and St Theodore's RC High School.
He then went on to complete a Foundation Course at Burnley College and study at Manchester Polytechnic – now Manchester Metropolitan University – where he graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art.
He is best known for his vivid portrayals of the urban landscape, particularly of Burnley, Manchester and the North West.
Viewers will get a chance to see his work for themselves when "Picture of Manchester" airs on BBC1 at 10-40 p.m.
It is part of a series of regional films commissioned by BBC English Regions featuring the work of contemporary artists – as part of the series "Pictures of Britain". Each film looks at how an artist is influenced by landscape, cityscape, place and character, and the artists, including musicians, painters, poets and writers, tell their own story.
Towneley Hall art gallery has several of Mr Spencer's paintings in its collection, and he has also done numerous paintings of Turf Moor, both from inside the ground and the surrounding streets on match days.
Now living in Rossendale and still a big Clarets fan, he said: "I come back to Burnley every few weeks, and try to catch as many Clarets matches as I can. A lot of my family are Burnley fans as well, and that is why I wanted to do the series of Turf Moor paintings."
His exhibition at the opening of the Lowry in Salford in 2000 established his reputation as one of the leading artists in the North West. His career was further boosted by the re-opening of the Manchester City Art Galleries in 2002, where two of his paintings are on exhibition, one of which hangs among the famous Impressionist painters Adolphe Valette, Camille and Lucien Pisarro, and and the North-West's own L.S. Lowry.
For the first time viewers will be able to see for themselves the whole process of Liam painting a picture – from inspiration to final brushstroke. They will also get the chance to revisit the locations of some of his most famous works, including Burnley Football Club.