A Liverpool City Council cleaning manager with a hidden passion for art will showcase up to 200 of his drawings in a St George’s Hall exhibition.
Billy Scott has created artworks of famous faces ranging from David Bowie and Salvador Dali to Ken Dodd and Audrey Hepburn in a shed at his Anfield home.
The works will go on display in his free ‘Simulacra’ exhibition at the landmark venue from 25 November to 7 January.
The 50-year-old father of three, who attended Anfield Comprehensive, has been producing the drawings in pencil or graphite since he was a child.
He started working on a Youth Training Scheme with the city council at the age of 17 and the studied signwriting in the then Central Liverpool Training Workshop, where lecturers recognised his talents.
Billy went on to study art in a six-month course, building up a portfolio of work to present to Liverpool School of Art and Design, but then turned down the chance to embark on a fine art degree and instead kept up his art as a hobby.
He has since developed a body of artwork including more than 500 drawings in his private collection.
Ahead of the display, which will show visitors icons of sport, television, music and film as well as famous Liverpudlians, Billy says: “I’ve drawn since I was a kid, but just pursued it as a hobby. I started putting them up on my Facebook page a couple of years ago, and the reaction I got from people spurred me on to do more.
“I’ve sold a few prints over the years and I’ve done a few commissions for friends and family. But I wouldn’t describe myself as an artist.
“The exhibition will be extremely accessible and is split into different categories. It’s only existed in plastic A4 folders until now, so I can’t wait to see all the pictures framed and on the wall.”
St George’s Hall general manager Alan Smith adds: “It’s a delight to host such an accessible exhibition depicting the great and good of the entertainment and leisure world. It’s even more pleasing to introduce the work of local artist Billy Scott who has produced the drawings over a 35-year span.
“Everyone thinks they can draw, copy, and emulate, but here is a real artist whose sheer joy of sketching subjects he simply likes comes across in this joyous exhibition. It’s a real explosion of quality of art.”