George Aspden: Artist, Teacher, Model and Mask Maker
George Aspden (1926 – 2015) was an artist, teacher and maker of models and masks. He was born and lived most of his life in Blackburn. When he died in June 2015, 21 of his original spectacular masks, many paper models and watercolour paintings of the models intended as illustrations for the several books he published, were found in his home in Redlam, Blackburn.
From Friday 22nd July until Thursday 11th August (Wednesday to Saturday 12 till 4.45pm) there will be an exhibition of the masks, models and pictures at Blackburn Museum.
Few original paper models remain but 21 masks and 18 paintings of the models – intended as illustrations for books – were found in his house in Redlam after his death. George’s nieces Jenifer Keen and Joyce Fryer have organised the exhibition. Jenifer says “George attended his local church and was active in a local Antiquarian Society. Several of his friends have shown an interest in seeing the masks again and we thought they deserve a wider audience.”
Further information is available from Jenifer Keen Tels. 015242 62792 and 07940825626 or Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Street, Blackburn BB1 7AJ firstname.lastname@example.org 01254 667 130