Wednesday 18th April 2012
Trendsetter Richard Creme is returning to the Manchester cultural scene five years after suffering a devastating stroke.
Richard, from Hale, who is credited with bringing designer fashion brands to the city in the Eighties, lost the ability to speak when he suffered a stroke aged 50.
Suffering from depression and unable to continue with his work at his shop Creme, he turned to painting to express himself.
He has restricted movement in his right side, but learned to draw and paint with his left hand, which has been a key part of his rehabilitation.
Richard's works will now go on show at Manchester Metropolitan University's Link Gallery as part of The Stroke Association's Action On Stroke Month, supported by Arts For Health.
His wife Shelley said: "After Richard's stroke he just wasn't able to carry on with the job he loved. To find this artistic side is a life-line for him and given him new hope. This exhibition of his work is Richard's stroke victory."
Chris Larkin, from The Stroke Association, said: "Richard is an incredible example of life after stroke. The event is a celebration of Richard's transition from fashion guru to visionary contemporary artist, and a chance to dispel some of the myths about stroke."
In his heyday, Richard dressed celebrities including David Beckham, Gary Oldman, Bruce Springsteen and Prince, as well as most of Manchester United.
His art will be on display at the university from May 2 to 11.