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Saturday 17 November 2018

Kevin offers Twink one of his paintings to help debt crisis

CELEBRITY painter Kevin Sharkey has offered Twink an olive branch this evening, saying he will donate one of his paintings to help her with her financial woes.

The Donegal artist, who famously fell out with the panto queen after RTE's Celebrity Farm, has now buried the hatchet with the star after revelations that she is in danger of losing her €2m Knocklyon mansion.

And he revealed to the Herald how he deeply empathised with her predicament, given that just two years ago he was in debt to the tune of €250,000 himself -- yet has now bounced back.

"God help her, I always had a soft spot for her and would love to donate one of my paintings to help her out," he said.

"She could auction it off if it helps her. I really feel for her, as do a lot of people. It's hard to give advice to people on things like this but she's a real fighter and she's not down yet."

Twink, whose real name is Adele King, has vowed to fight against the repossession case sought by the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) against the home she formerly shared with ex hubbie David Agnew.

The mum-of-two has said she is actively working on a solution and hopes to keep a roof over her family's head, a stance which Kevin applauds.

"I would say to her, don't let the b***ards get you down. It's such a beautiful house and she obviously loves it and I wish her good luck.

"It was scary when I was in debt and things got so bad for me that at one stage, it was literally a case of not knowing if I could feed myself. But now I feel like things have turned around and it's great to be back with a bang," he continued.

He has revealed how he has now re-opened a gallery on Francis Street and is garnering huge publicity for his new exhibition Public Enemy Number One, thanks to his quirky Myra Hindley/Jordan portrait.

"I would never sell that because that would be like making money out of Myra Hindley, but the amount of interest in it was amazing, news organisations from all around the world were talking about it," he added.

Kevin's now working on plenty of new material and said that the art industry has definitely taken a turn for the better. "Things seem to have changed a lot in Dublin over the past few months. I've had eight sales in the past week alone."

mfinn@herald.ie

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