COUNCILLOR Paul Coddington’s face was a picture at an art exhibition... quite literally!
For the Doncaster Art Club marked the end of another successful display at the town’s museum with a presentation of Coun Coddington painted when he was the borough’s civic mayor.
The portrait was painted by the club’s vice chairman Davy Moakes three years ago and shows Coun Coddington in his robe and chains with the Mansion House in the background.
Coun Coddington, cabinet member for finance, was invited to the museum to see the oil painting unveiled along with other Doncaster dignitaries and pupils from Balby’s Woodfield Primary School.
He said: “I am actually very moved to receive the portrait which really is first class.
“It was a real honour to be invited by Doncaster Art Club to sit for them during my role as civic mayor. I never imagined I’d ever be an artist’s model. I remember sitting for the painting for two hours each for two sittings and it was a surreal experience having to remain quite still and straight-faced. And I do recall being quite warm sitting there in my robes.
“I am delighted with Davy’s work. He is a very talented artist and I will proudly display the painting in a prominent position.”
Mr Moakes added: “I am very flattered that Coun Coddington likes the painting and that he wants to keep it. It was a real pleasure to paint him.”
Originally from South Normanton in Derbyshire, Mr Moakes has been a Doncaster resident since the 1960s.
After graduating from art college, he was a teacher for 10 years and taught for three years at the former Doncaster Technical Grammar site.
Mr Moakes, who has been vice chairman of the club for two years and was secretary for 12, then worked as a designer at Pegler in Doncaster for 18 years before going self-employed.