Artist dies before seeing his work shown for first time

A TALENTED artist has died before a lifetime’s work went on show in his first exhibtion.

Jack Peters’ dream came true when gallery bosses at Dean Clough asked to showcase the many paintings stacked in his study for years.

The exhibition will open on June 11 at ComEd Gallery. But Mr Peters sadly died last week aged 77.

His daughter Claire O’Connor said: “He was really proud to get the exhibition. He never blew his own trumpet, he painted as a hobby.

“He always wanted to display his work but he was very modest. He loved painting. He was a very creative person.

“The family are delighted that we can celebrate his work but sad that we didn’t manage to get him there.”

Mr Peters, who lived in Greetland but had recently retired to the east coast, died earlier this month after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November.

After school, Mr Peters studied at the Art College at The Slade in London.

But painting remained a hobby for him while he worked in sales at Hoover and then in his wife Barbara’s ballet shop in Huddersfield.

He was a keen sportsman in Calderdale and used to play cricket for Warley and King Cross.

He also played golf at Bradley Hall Golf Club and used to paint caricatures of club captains.

Daughter Claire said: “He had a fantastic personality and sense of humour. “

The exhibition is called There’s Not Much Wrong With That – the phrase he kept repeating, modestly, when gallery bosses looked at each of his paintings.

The paintings are of landscapes, figurework and sports illustrations, many showing his sense of humour.

Mr Peters leaves his wife of 40 years Barbara Peters, five children, 10 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

His funeral will be held tomorrow at 11.45am at St Thomas’ Church, Greetland, followed by a service at Parkwood Crematorium at 12.45pm.

Everyone is welcome.

The exhibition of his artwork will remain on display until October.