Artist Lincoln Townley is exhibiting his works in Manchester for the first time – which feature his battle with the drinking demons before he and his wife Denise Welch got sober.
Lincoln, who married Loose Women star Denise 15 months ago, has been sober for three years and has channeled his creative energies into his dramatic works which are now on display at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Piccadilly.
They document the drinking and drug demons that beset Lincoln when he lived and worked in Soho, London, doing public relations and marketing for well-known strip clubs.
Lincoln, who now lives in Wilmlsow with Denise, says: “The paintings are about consumerism, craziness, the darker side of life.
“When I lived in Soho it was all about consumption – everyone I was involved with wanted to take and take and take – it’s such an extreme environment you don’t feel like you’re doing anything. wrong, but you push yourself to your limit.
“In the end, I had to get out of there.
“I wrote about those times in my life in my book, when I was an operating alcoholic, but I still had the creativity to paint during that time.
“And since I adopted sobriety with Denise three years ago, I started to build my collection and I started to generate real interest from galleries and collectors.”
His first exhibition in London earlier this year was a huge success – all 40 paintings on display selling for £ 10,000 at a time.
His exhibition of 17 works in Manchester will be the subject of a VIP launch on November 6 at the hotel for guests.
They include dramatic self-portraits in oil on canvas, including paintings titled The Furies, The Hunger, Clownley, and No Sleep In Soho.
There are also more recent works that show a lighter side of life called Aspirations.
Lincoln now paints in a home-based art studio in Cheshire, and says he enjoys life in the north where he and Denise have given up alcohol for good.
He says, “There is an incredible energy in us, you have the energy of living in the city, but also getting away from it all.”
Doubletree hotel manager Craig Campbell said the paintings have already generated a lot of interest among hotel guests.
He said: “We have been committed to displaying new art in the hotel for a long time, but this exhibit has already made a huge impression on our guests and created a lot of discussion and conversation, which is the the raison d’être of good art. “
And Lincoln’s next project will be to paint Denise, the Corrie star’s former wife, for a new collection of artwork.
He shines: “Denise really loves paintings. When I started installing them in our house I think she was a little unsure, but now when I take them to exhibitions she says “no, I want this one!” “