It’s Ian Oil-away!

Artist Stephen Bruce with his painting of Ian Holloway-part of his exhibition at the Solaris Centre, South Shore, Blackpool.

Artist Stephen Bruce with his painting of Ian Holloway-part of his exhibition at the Solaris Centre, South Shore, Blackpool.

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HE is known as one of football’s most colourful characters.

So it should come as no surprise Ian Holloway makes for a good oil painting.

The Blackpool FC boss has been immortalised on canvas by a local artist who has made ‘Ollie’ the centrepiece of his new exhibition.

The paintings are the work of Stephen Bruce who works as a postman and part-time brushmaster.

The collection – unveiled this week at South Shore’s Solaris Centre – showcases paintings of dramatic Fylde landscapes, such as Lytham Square and Fairhaven’s White Church.

But it is the ode to Ollie which is the eye-catching centrepiece.

The Pool boss is painted in the now iconic pose – showing his delight on the pitch at Wembley as his team won promotion to the Premier League.

Stephen, who lives in Ivy Avenue, South Shore, said: “There are about 24 paintings, but this is the one I want people to view the most.

“If Ian could come and see it that would be great. I really hope he’ll like it.”

The exhibition is a result of several years of paintings that have been “stacked up” in Stephen’s house.

Started as a small hobby in 1994, painting has become a staple in Stephen’s life.

He added: “It all started off when a previous partner bought me a set of paints and told me I needed a hobby.

“Since then it’s just taken off and it’s all been self-taught.

“I work as a postman, and I had the idea to ask if I could exhibit some of my work while I was in the Solaris Centre on duty.

“That was two years ago, there’s such a big waiting list for exhibitions here.

“Now that it’s all come together, I hope people will come and enjoy the work and pass on some comments.

“My biggest dream would be to paint full-time. The time just flies when I’m painting.”

The exhibition is open for viewing throughout April at the Solaris Centre, Blackpool; with paintings also available for purchase.