THE youngster behind a viral lockdown art project has appeared on the One Show with his dad.

Hundreds of artists from around the world jumped on board with an 11-year-old Noah's painting project.

The project started when Nathan Jones started helping his son Noah paint on pieces of cardboard as a lockdown activity in May.

When Mr Jones realised how much Noah was enjoying using a paint brush, he put a call out on social media asking artists to complete the paintings Noah had started from their Dedham home.


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To date, more than 250 artists from across the globe have sent Noah, known as Background Bob, their designs on top of his background pieces.

A book has now been created bringing together all of the artists’ work, and the profits from sales will go to the Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity.

Mr Jones and Noah made an appearance on the One Show at 7pm last night (Wednesday, October 28).


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Mr Jones said: "We were really proud to see our little project has grown and end up being featured on the One Show.

"We just want to say again a huge thank you to all the artists involved in making this project so successful and full of love. It’s beautiful to see how happy it is making so many people."

An auction of the paintings is planned for January 2021 and will be an online event via eBay.


Anyone who is interested in the project can follow Noah’s Instagram account, under the handle background_bob.