Photo (L to R): Alfie Chambers, David Saunders, Jacqueline Hollows, Kayan Hersi-Annan, Paul Lock
Paul Lock, artist and Beyond Recovery facilitator, staged his second solo art exhibition in the Noho Studios, London, last month. ‘You Simply are II’ featured incredible portraits of three men with whom Beyond Recovery worked in prison. Alfie Chambers, David Saunders and Kaynan Hersi-Annan, who have since been released, attended a private viewing of the exhibition with family, friends and the Beyond Recovery team.
The portraits were complemented by moving voice recordings of the three men. In their own words, they told personal stories of their journey to recovery and rehabilitation through finding freedom of mind. As another attendee that evening commented: “It was magical bringing together Paul’s talent as an artist in his unique style with the powerful stories of these men. And to meet them in person at the private viewing was mind blowing.”
Paul explained: “‘You Simply Are II’ connects and celebrates life, potential and creativity. When I’m not painting, I spend time with Beyond Recovery, helping men in prison to overcome past trauma and addiction to live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. I have seen some truly remarkable changes and wanted to share some of them with my audience.”
Jacqueline Hollows, Beyond Recovery founder, added: “Paul is breaking down barriers, marrying his art with the life-saving work we do. Paul’s exhibition brought a diverse group of people together in such a rich, deep and meaningful way. We are so grateful to him for his ongoing love and support.”
Paul also raffled one of his beautiful paintings, via his Facebook page and during the exhibition, to raise an amazing £1000 for Beyond Recovery.