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Art exhibition of famous people’s Hampstead homes raises money for homeless

'Discovering where a celebrity lives is a fascinating subject - it's this barrier of private and public'

12 December, 2017 — By Helen Chapman

A LEADING artist has painted the Hampstead homes of some of the area’s famous residents for an exhibition which hopes to raise money for people made homeless by the Grenfell tower tragedy.

Dan Llewyelyn Hall’s work is on show at the new Heath Street base of construction firm BDCM with ten percent of the proceeds going to the Doorstep London charity.

Mr Llewyelyn  Hall said: “I have been working in London for 40 years and have always been coming to this area to discover peculiar places and wondering who is beyond the doors. Everything in the exhibition is from the location and from me being curious, looking around and discovering ‘so and so’ lives there and so on.”

Mr Llewyelyn Hall said he had painted Boy George’s home

He painted the homes of Boy George, Ricky Gervais and Helena Bonham Carter and several others, who have been invited to see the exhibition.

“It is not about the buildings, more the sense of place. Discovering where a celebrity lives is a fascinating subject – it’s this barrier of private and public,” said Mr Llewyelyn Hall.

BDCM have moved into the units which were once the Casa Do Pexei restaurant. The gallery space has been set up downstairs.

John le Carre’s Hampstead residence

Vicky Fox, director of Doorstep London, said: “We’re very grateful to Dan, not just for helping to raise money for Doorstep but also, for giving us the opportunity to talk about our work. It has given us the opportunity to highlight the fact that homelessness can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons. Also to talk about the very difficult circumstances families and children sharing cramped rooms in hostels are living in.”

Andrew Selby, director of BDCM, said, “It is with great pleasure BDCM have the first formal showing of our new premises, alongside Dan’s own exhibition of paintings depicting Hampstead Village. Our aesthetic visions of Hampstead are even closer aligned with the promotion of such a worthwhile charity as Doorstep, and we are delighted to help promote awareness and recognition of their worthy cause.”

Hampstead and Beyond runs until tomorrow (December 13).

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