Original artwork worth £240 being sold for just £40 at Lowestoft Library to support cancer charity

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cance

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cancer Fund. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Art-lovers can bag themselves an original framed landscape worth £240 for just £40 as part of a charity exhibition in Lowestoft.

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cance

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cancer Fund. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Popular artist David Balder is selling his work with reductions of up to 70pc off to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Fund.

A wide variety of his original paintings are on display in the main entrance of Lowestoft Library today and tomorrow (June 3).

The display includes a framed original of the Covehithe cliffs, which Mr Balder said was once priced at £240 in an art gallery.

But today, the piece is on sale for just £40.

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cance

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cancer Fund. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mr Balder, a former chairman of Oulton Broad Art Circle and president of Lowestoft Art Group, said £270 had so far been raised from the exhibition towards the charity.

The display forms part of a studio clearance by the 82-year-old and all proceeds are going towards the cancer fund.

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He said: 'I haven't painted anything for a year and have lost a bit of interest in it all. So I thought these pieces would be better doing something good, rather than gathering dust in my attic.'

Mr Balder started painting in 1976 when he joined Oulton Broad Art Circle, and is now said to be the group's oldest member.

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cance

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cancer Fund. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Having exhibited frequently in the past, and raised thousands of pounds for various charities, Mr Balder, added: 'Painting has given me a lot of pleasure over the years, and there are scenes all around East Anglia that will be on display.'

As part of the exhibition, there is also information about Prostate Cancer, with leaflets and other documentation distributed by Mike Willgoss, who has suffered from the disease.

Mr Willgoss, who is a Prostate Cancer UK ambassador from Lowestoft, has raised £85,000 for the charity over the years.

The 78-year-old was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, before suffering from prostate cancer four years later.

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cance

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cancer Fund. - Credit: Nick Butcher

'The exhibition is going really well so far,' he said. 'Not only are people buying artwork, they are donating money to a good cause.'

Mr Willgoss, whose ultimate target is to raise £100,000 for the charity, said he was happy to share his experiences about suffering with the disease.

• The exhibition is on until Saturday, June 3 at Lowestoft Library.

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cance

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cancer Fund. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cance

Local artist David Balder is selling off his paintings at Lowestoft library in aid of Prostate Cancer Fund. - Credit: Nick Butcher

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