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‘Lonely’ man turned rental flat into imperfect palace of the traditional world: Late artist’s family discover he had turned home in secret world of myth and legend – as Jarvis Cocker is amongst fans attempting to preserve it

  • Ron Gittins lived in a rented flat which  he transformed right into a magical ancient world until his death aged 80
  • The ‘eccentric’ artist’s creation was only discovered by his two sisters after his death in September 2019
  • Each room was based on a variety of history that interested him, resembling Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt
  • His supporters, including Jarvis Cocker, now wish to buy the flat and preserve his artwork to encourage others

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The family of a ‘lonely’ artist were ‘totally awestruck’ to find he had secretly transformed his rented flat right into a magical world of myth and legend following his death.

‘Eccentric’ artist Ron Gittins, lived in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula in his rented flat of 33 years until he died in September 2019, aged 80.

His tenancy agreement allowed him to ‘decorate the inside of the property to his own taste and the external porch in classical style without the prior written consent of the Landlord’. 

But little did his family know that Ron had taken the words within the tenancy agreement literally, transforming his home into an ‘ornate classical villa’ based on the wonders of Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. 

Although Ron was extremely happy with his artwork he generally refused entry to landlords, maintenance staff and another officials in an effort to protect the fantasy world he had created for himself.

Even his sisters Pat and Joan were ‘totally awestruck’ by their discovery as he never invited them into his home, and only discovered about his vibrant creations when emptying the flat of his belongings after he passed.

Ron Gittins was extremely happy with his artwork he generally refused entry to landlords, maintenance staff and another officials in an effort to protect the fantasy world he had created for himself

'Eccentric' artist Ron Gittins, lived in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula in his rented flat of 33 years until he died in September 2019, aged 80

‘Eccentric’ artist Ron Gittins, lived in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula in his rented flat of 33 years until he died in September 2019, aged 80

Ron created a minotaur artwork inspired by Ancient Greece, complete with a set of teeth - leaving his family 'awestruck'

Ron created a minotaur artwork inspired by Ancient Greece, complete with a set of teeth – leaving his family ‘awestruck’

Upon his death in September 2019, Ron's family discovered he had created an epic concrete lion fireplace in his living room

Upon his death in September 2019, Ron’s family discovered he had created an epic concrete lion fireplace in his lounge

Ron, described by his family as 'flamboyant, based each room on a period of history which interested him

Ron, described by his family as ‘flamboyant, based each room on a period of history which interested him

Pictured from his hallway of Ron's rented flat in Birkenhead, the Wirral. He turned his flat into a place of magic and wonder

Pictured from his hallway of Ron’s rented flat in Birkenhead, the Wirral. He turned his flat right into a place of magic and wonder

Ron, who his family described as ‘flamboyant’ and ‘eccentric’, had based each room on a unique variety of ancient history that interested him, including a room based on Ancient Greece including a minotaur artwork complete with a set of teeth, an epic concrete lion fireplace in his lounge and a Roman bread oven in his kitchen.

In response to Ron’s Place, a bunch set as much as conserve his art, the fantastical environment he created was’ a representation of his lifelong passions and obsessions’. 

Now his family and his supporters, including the singer Jarvis Cocker, are campaigning to lift the funds in an effort to buy his old flat and switch it right into a place to encourage others

 

 

Martin Wallace, a trustee of Ron’s Place, told the BBC that ‘the immersive nature of this place’ is ‘what makes it so special’.

He said: ‘Almost each time you come here you discover something different. It’s just once you walk in and you truly see the size of what he did here.

‘Everyone’s really amazed’. 

His niece-in-law Claire Jones said that Ron’s family at the moment are trying to lift enough money to purchase his flat and preserve his magical kingdom. 

She said: Should you come back in a 12 months or twos time, we’d hope to either own the flat or own the entire constructing to give you the option to encourage possibly children from schools or other problem who’ve mental health problems to create their very own artwork.’

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