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A young artist’s work is on display in his biggest exhibition to date.

Legendary figures like Mohammed Ali and Ghandi are adorning the walls of the old Littlewoods/Index store in Falkirk’s High Street, which is now used as a space for local talent to exhibit to a wider audience.

The up and coming artist is Jake Smith (21) from Hallglen, who has been increasing his credibility with shows around the district, has been wowing crowds in the town with his masterpieces.

The exhibition has been so popular with shoppers that Jake has been offered an extra week by the town centre management group, Falkirk Delivers, which rents out the shop for charity 3 Space.

Jake said: “It’s been going great. There’s been loads of people coming in and I’ve sold quite a few paintings, ones that were unexpected.

“It’s a good time to be exhibiting on the High Street as it’s close to Christmas so I think that’s helping, but people are liking what they see and the comments have been great. It’s amazing to have another week too.”

Alastair Mitchell, Falkirk Delivers BID manager, added: “Jake’s exhibition has been one of the most popular in the Community Space and we suggested he stay on for an extra week because of that success.

“He is a young lad with a talent and you have to harness that. Hopefully we can find him some more space in Grangemouth in the New Year for another one.

“The purpose of this shop is to showcase the wealth of local talent we have in Falkirk and it is proving to be a very popular venue.”

Jake’s signed painting of music legend Elton John was sold at a charity auction for the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation for £450 recently.

The legendary musician signed the painting following a special request by The Falkirk Herald when he played at Falkirk Stadium in the summer.

Jake, who had spent a lot of time in the Yorkhill hospital as a child, said: “I’m very happy the painting sold and I was able to give something back to the hospital.”