Wearside Echoes: Tributes paid to artist who brought Sunderland’s past back to life on canvas

TALENTED ARTIST: Jim Keers with a painting based on an Echo photo of newspaper delivery vans.

TALENTED ARTIST: Jim Keers with a painting based on an Echo photo of newspaper delivery vans.

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A RETIRED sign-writer who turned to art to help him battle cancer has died at the age of 83.

Jim Keers “just couldn’t be rallied” after falling ill several years ago – until his family urged him to start sketching old photos featured in Wearside Echoes.

Art shows, global sales and a website followed. “Painting gave me a fresh interest in life,” Jim told the Echo last year. “I always dreamed of being an artist, but war stopped me.”

 

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