Banbury resident and former Alcan employee Terry Dee is helping rediscover the work of one of the town’s most talented artists.
Mr Dee first met artist Paul Moore when the pair worked at the former Alcan factory in the 1950s.
Mr Dee fell in love with his friend’s paintings when he commissioned Mr Moore to paint a picture of his daughter, who sadly passed away in 1990.
Later, when Mr Dee visited Mr Moore’s house to pick up the painting, he saw a picture of Banbury Cross on the wall and immediately asked to buy it.
Mr Moore painted 173 pictures of Banbury during the time he lived in the town and Mr Dee liked their unique style so much he decided to buy seven of them.
The two men retired from Alcan in 1993. Mr Moore moved away from the area and they lost touch for a while.
But they have since been reunited and Mr Dee has recently visited his old friend’s house and has captured all 173 of his Banbury paintings on camera.
Mr Moore created the images using a range of media from watercolours to oils and acrylics and used various implements including spatulas, his fingers and brushes.
He painted many of Banbury’s most famous landmarks including Banbury Cross and St Mary’s Church.
His pictures also captured a unique moment in the town’s 1960s expansion – freeze framing forever the construction of the Castle Quay shopping centre and other key landmarks from that era.
Mr Dee said: “I’ve always admired the way he paints. I used to say to him he should go down to the market and paint there but he never did, I think he was too modest.”
You can view a slideshow of Mr Moore’s paintings online at www.banburyguardian.co.uk