VIDEO: A dream has come true for local artist Lee Trantum with his missing “masterpiece” inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci now on display in Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.
Earlier this year warrington-worldwide reported on talented Lee’s amazing work and following the publicity his dream of seeing the “masterpiece” on display in his home town museum and art gallery has come true.
Lee, who works as a process operator at Crosfields as his “day job,” spent seven months working on his version of Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”.
Self taught Lee, 47, has always had a natural ability to draw and through the years he has studied all mediums pencil, watercolour, acrylics and oils.
In the early 90s he completed 2 BTEC courses at North Cheshire College achieving Distinctions, but made the decision not to progress to university.
His artistic hero has always been Leonardo Da Vinci and his goal was to produce a renaissance piece.
In 2017 the painting “Salvator Mundi,” attributed as the lost Da Vinci, sold for a record fee, $400m at Christie’s New York.
While the buyer is a mystery it is rumoured to be a Saudi Prince and the “missing” masterpiece is still not on public display.
Commenting on his work of art appearing in Warrington Museum and art gallery Lee said: “Firstly, a big thank you to Gary and Warrington Worldwide. Without their help this may not of happened.
“I am grateful to the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery for the opportunity to exhibit my painting.
“I see this as a huge moment in my development as an artist, to have my artwork displayed in a public Gallery has always been my ambition.
“My version of Salvator Mundi is the first in a series of paintings inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci.”
Lee now hopes an exhibition of his Da Vinci inspired paintings will go on display in the Museum & Art Gallery and other galleries around the country.