So is his ‘art’ now considered child pornography and what of those who collected it ?
An internationally renowned artist has been convicted of sex offences against children.
A jury at Truro crown court found Graham Ovenden, 70, guilty of four charges of indecency with a child.
On the direction of Judge Graham Cottle, the jury cleared the pensioner, a former pupil under Sir Peter Blake and who has had work exhibited in galleries across the globe, of three charges of indecent assault.
The judge told the jury of seven men and five women that he would accept majority verdicts, of which at least 10 of them were agreed, on the remaining five charges – three of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child.
Ovenden, who was not present in court having been taken ill, denied all the charges relating to four children – now all adults – between 1972 and 1985.
The incidents, involving young girls, are said to have taken place at Ovenden’s former and current addresses, in London and Cornwall, respectively.