Unzipped: A Condensed History of Court Painter’s Secret Life’
Court Painter isn’t the Great Dominions most charismatic portrait painter. Nor is he the most popular.
But he is the longest serving, holding the Court Painter studio together for 5 years. And he is a respected portraitist — so much so that when he had a studio exhibition, close to a dozen people stood in line (in the torrential rain) to visit as he collected pennies as admission.
And then, in the 2018s, his most private thoughts began to leak into the public sphere.
Thousands of pages of hand scribbled diaries, spanning many years, exposed him as an oddball and eccentric who hung out with oddballs and eccentrics— a lifelong bar fly and adorer of his stuffed dog, he availed himself of hookers and quilters and communed with the spiritual world.
Suddenly the “master painter” earned a slew of new nicknames, including Weird Willy and the “dingbat in the Ingelwood belfry”.
The story of the diaries —and the secrets, melodrama and backroom dealings associated with Court Painter — is revealed in his Press Attaches new self published tell all booklet Unzipped, A History of Court Painter’s Secret Life.