DIY re­vamp

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THE B&Q store in Yead­ing is be­ing re­vamped to in­clude a new home wares depart­ment.

The store in Glen­coe Road will be­gin selling bed­ding, cook­ware, a new kids/nurs­ery range and other home fur­nish­ings in ad­di­tion to its tra­di­tional DIY stock. Yead­ing was cho­sen for the new depart­ment along­side just four other stores in the UK. Gary Codd, store man­ager said, “More than half of all peo­ple in Yead­ing own their own home and like to re­dec­o­rate regularly.

“Another 20% are rent­ing where it is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to put your own stamp on the place that you live.” A YIEWSLEY man who quit his advertising job to be­come an artist has filled his home with 700 paint­ings.

Steve Brooks, 56, has been treat­ing visi­tors to his home in White­horn Av­enue to his cre­ations for 23 years, and this week put them on dis­play to the public via a pop-up shop – ‘The Joy of Paint­ing’ which he opened on Tues­day (June 30).

His tem­po­rary shop will be selling to the public un­til July 5 at 99 Morn­ing Lane in Hack­ney (E9 6ND).

Steve does a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tive work with his son Luke, a fash­ion de­signer who has cre­ated pieces com­mis­sioned by Lady Gaga.

He said: “The works in the shop are all my own work, over the last 23 years, as a se­lec­tion of ev­ery­thing I’ve done.

“But they’re pre­dom­i­nantly more re­cent, around the last nine or 10 years.”

He told how he left his “pres­surised” job in the city as Head of Art at an agency and took up paint­ing.

“My life has been to­tally de­voted to art for a long time, it’s fan­tas­tic. The only peo­ple who usu­ally see or get my paint­ings are my friends, I let them have them for free.

“I have 700 paint­ings at mine and another 200 at my mum’s.

“I’m al­ways wor­ried, god for­bid, what if the place would burn down?

“I be­lieve God has given us all tal­ents and we should use them.”

Steve, who has lived in the West Dray­ton area for 53 years, has pre­vi­ously ex­hib­ited in St Mar­garet’s Church, Uxbridge in 1995 and Hayes mar­ket in 1997. He had an de­sire for his work to be seen when he started out 23 years ago, but is now set­tled and just en­joys his work.

He said: “I think

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