Actor Timothy Spall is set to showcase his artwork in first solo exhibition

Actor Timothy Spall is set to showcase 20 pieces of his artwork in his first solo exhibition this summer, following a career in the TV and film industry which spans over four decades.

The screen star, 64, stunned fans when he revealed he spent two years learning to paint like artist J.M.W. Turner for a 2014 biopic, but has now taken things a step further by hosting his own show, insisting: 'I've always liked a challenge!'   

Timothy Spall, Out of the Storm - which was created over a six-month period - will run from 18 June until 18 July at Pontone Gallery in central London. 

'I've always liked a challenge!' Actor Timothy Spall (pictured in 2017) is set to showcase 20 pieces of his artwork in his first solo exhibition this summer

'I've always liked a challenge!' Actor Timothy Spall (pictured in 2017) is set to showcase 20 pieces of his artwork in his first solo exhibition this summer

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The Auf Wiedersehen, Pet icon was approached by gallery owner Domenic Pontone to produce a presentation after 14 of his paintings were shown at Salford's Lowry Gallery two years ago.

On his surprise venture, the star told The Guardian: 'Talk about being a bit stunned. I've always liked a challenge but I thought: Jesus, can I do this? 

'Thousands of brilliant artists never get recognised and I'm aware of that as well. That's not lost on me, that I've been given this opportunity when there are brilliant artists who don't get a look in. 

'I've applied myself to this, not as an evening thing or a hobby but as an absolute determined thing. I went through it and did it. I went through the whole process and I'm not an impostor because I've done it.'

Impressive: Timothy Spall, Out of the Storm - which was created over a six-month period - will run from 18 June until 18 July at Pontone Gallery in central London (one of his paintings above)

Impressive: Timothy Spall, Out of the Storm - which was created over a six-month period - will run from 18 June until 18 July at Pontone Gallery in central London (one of his paintings above)

Where it all started: The screen star, 64, stunned fans when he revealed he spent two years learning to paint like artist J.M.W. Turner for a 2014 biopic

Where it all started: The screen star, 64, stunned fans when he revealed he spent two years learning to paint like artist J.M.W. Turner for a 2014 biopic

Dedication: The thespian was mentored by consultant Tim Wright when he picked up the brush for the award-winning Turner film (Turner portrayed in an oil painting above)

Dedication: The thespian was mentored by consultant

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