Taurus Bar’s Artist of the Decade strikes success with third Canal Street exhibition

By Amy Senior, Chief Entertainment Correspondent

Canal Street became a little more picturesque this week as Taurus Bar’s Artist of the Decade hung his latest exhibition ready for the fast-approaching Manchester Pride Festival.

Nick Franklin has adorned the walls of the well-known bar with his most recent creations spanning from sunset canvases to ‘Kondom’ collages.

Nick has become Taurus’ veteran artist over the years with many of his larger paintings and works selling from £250 to £400.

He said: “I’ll hang a price tag next to the works and if my dad laughs that’s when I lower them, but thankfully in my last exhibition, pretty much everything sold twice over.”

This year the 30-year-old aspiring artist is presenting three main styles: The Foodies range, originally inspired by the Marathon’s transformation into Snickers, Sunset Strippers and his 3D Magpies.

Taurus Bar has always been quick to welcome and support its long-term friends and customers.

Co-owner Iain Scott said:  “Very few artists in the city have had three exhibitions in any venue over a 10 year period.  Nick Franklin is one of them and we are delighted to welcome him and his work back again to Taurus….enjoy all.”

After qualifying as a theatre set designer, Nick went on to work for Lime Pictures in the props and design department and even designed for the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

“My first exhibit was at the Lyceum Theatre with a lot of puppetry and 3D sculptures because that’s the kind of thing I’ve always been interested in,” he said.

“Now I’m a little bit older and wiser I am turning more towards the commercial side with the Sunset Stripper paintings which obviously have that look of the Crosby Beach Anthony Gormley figures.”

In 2005 he appeared in popular gay magazine Attitude as man of the month and, following a tongue in cheek review of Taurus and its artwork, he invited them to view his new creations.

Now a performance manager for Merlin Entertainments, Nick has recently had to take leave due to illness but thanks his art projects for keeping him sane.

As their resident artist, he also thanks Taurus for always offering a venue and support for his work.

“It is a community venue and it’s used by so many people such as the gay rugby team the Village  Spartans, the football team, water polo team, just its address –  Number 1, Canal Street – reflects its standing in the village,” he added.

Nick’s work will be on display and available to purchase until the end of August and any pride goers should look out for him and his boyfriend on a Mallard float for the Blighty themed parade.

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