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“It’s like medicine. I paint every day.”

 The Big Issue in the North - UK 08 September 2019

“I’ve been on drugs most of my life, rehab twice, but the only thing that ever really sorted me out was painting,” says Lee Hoyland, a former criminal and artist who sells the English street paper, The Big Issue in the North. Hoyland was in and out of prison for most of his life after he began using drugs as a teenager but during his last stretch inside he discovered art and hasn’t looked back. Now clean, Hoyland is exhibiting powerful works dealing with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism that are being snapped up by art-lovers. (666 Words) - By Rachel Roberts

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Big Issue in the North vendor Lee Hoyland turned his back on a life of drugs and crime when he discovered art in prison.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe

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Lee Hoyland’s artwork deals with themes such as capitalism and environmentalism.Photo: Nicole Cunliffe


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