One of the facilitators for social enterprise Beyond Recovery staged his second solo art exhibition in the Noho Studios, Fitzrovia, London, recently. Artist Paul Lock featured incredible portraits of three of the men with whom Beyond Recovery has worked in prison and have since been released. Now Beyond Recovery apprentices, the men attended a private viewing of the exhibition – ‘You Simply Are II’ – on 24th September along with family and friends, including the Beyond Recovery team.

Paul’s ingenious portraits of Alfie Chambers, David Saunders and Kaynan Hersi-Annan were complimented by moving voice recordings of the men telling personal stories of their journey to recovery and rehabilitation through finding freedom of mind. As another of the attendees that evening commented: “It was magical bringing together Paul's talent as an artist in his unique style with the powerful stories of these men - and to meet them in person at the private viewing was mind-blowing."

Sharing 'truly remarkable' changes in peopleBeyond Recovery - Alfie Chambers, David Saunders, Jacqueline Hollows, Kayan Hersi-Annan, Paul Lock

Paul said of his exhibition: “‘You Simply Are II’ connects and celebrates life, potential and creativity… When I’m not painting I spend time Beyond Recovery, helping men in prison to overcome past trauma and addiction to live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. I have seen some truly remarkable changes and wanted to share some of them with my audience.”

Beyond Recovery founder, Jacqueline Hollows, added: “Paul is breaking down barriers, marrying his art with the life-saving work we do. His exhibition brought a diverse group of people together in such a rich, deep and meaningful way and we are so grateful to Paul for his ongoing love and support.”

Photo (left to right): Alfie Chambers, David Saunders, Jacqueline Hollows, Kayan Hersi-Annan, Paul Lock