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Arts / ‘Faces of the UK’ go on display in Lerwick

Artist Balazs Onhausz aims to raise extra money for NHS Shetland through selling the paintings

Balazs Onhausz pictured with his paintings. Photo: Kristof Onhausz

A NUMBER of paintings of figures from British life – from the Queen and Stephen Hawking to Amy Winehouse and Naomi Campbell – have gone on display in Lerwick, with the pieces on sale to raise extra money for NHS Shetland.

A total of 20 ‘Faces of the UK’, painted by local artist Balazs Onhausz, are now lining the boarding around the new homes being built on King Harald Street after being installed on Sunday.

The paintings are based on the colours of the Union Jack flag and made from recycled materials, with the canvases created from bags used in salmon farming.

“The idea of making a series of famous people in the UK came when I was trying to apply for the citizenship first about two years ago,” Onhausz, who is originally from Hungary, said.

Photo: Austin Taylor

“So I thought if I pass it I want to make an exhibition about these faces just to kind of celebrate in a way.

“I thought it’s actually a great opportunity to try to make a charity show for NHS in this hard time and appreciate their work.

“To add to the story, unfortunately I never passed the ‘Life in the UK’ test, but believe me I’ve known exactly who these people are on the paintings since I was a kid and some of them are my childhood idols.

“So anyone who’s interested to buy any of the paintings please contact me on Facebook or Instagram and I’ll donate the income to NHS Shetland.”

Onhausz added that he has the relevant permission to display the paintings for up to 28 days.

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