Artist Graham Ovenden walks to court carrying some of his artworks. (file photo) See SWNS story SWARTIST; A world-renowned artist who sexually abused little girls as they posed for paintings was spared jail yesterday (Tues) after a judge said he no longer posed a threat to kids. Warped Graham Ovenden, 70, invited young children to his Cornish home in the 1970s to sit for his celebrated portraits and photographs. But he used his art as a “convenient cover story” for paedophilia – blindfolding his models with tape and making them parade in Victorian nighties before molesting them. At the height of his fame Ovenden’s work was displayed at famous galleries including the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.