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Salford graduate to unveil portrait of Clint Boon

Feb 24, 2009

The University's School of Art and Design will be receiving well-deserved recognition this week when one of its visual arts graduate unveils a new portrait of ex-Inspiral Carpets frontman and XFM DJ, Clint Boon at Mooch Art Gallery, Oldham Street, on Thursday 26 February.

Artist Adam Hayley, 24, from Stockport, contacted Boon and asked him to sit for him, and the two worked together to produce the painting, which captures the building blocks of the DJ's life.

The portrait will be on show at Mooch Gallery until March and Adam will then be entering it into the National Portrait Gallery Awards - where he'll be in with a chance of winning £25,000.

Adam said: "I admire what Clint's about - he's a man of the people and supports up and coming talent."

Last year Adam's work was selected to win the Mooch Gallery artist of the year competition by judges fashion designer Wayne Hemmingway and graphic designer Peter Saville, who created record sleeves for Factory Records. They chose Adam's work as each portrait showed a variety of emotions and told a different story on the canvas.

The launch event has been planned by gallery owner Mike Smith, Adam and Boon himself. On the night the DJ will also be performing a selection of classic Mancunian tunes and, as well as his portrait on display, there will be other works of art based on Manchester.