Young Dampier artist adds vi­brancy to li­brary foyer

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The City of Kar­ratha Li­brary foyer is look­ing much more colour­ful th­ese days, and it’s all thanks to lo­cal artist Alexan­der Gath­mann Brandt.

The li­brary is the site of the first ex­hi­bi­tion by the Dampier 24-year-old, who has autism and lim­ited speech ca­pa­bil­i­ties but has not let that stop him from pur­su­ing his pas­sion.

His ex­hi­bi­tion has come about from a com­bi­na­tion of a re­cent grant from not-for-profit dis­abil­ity in the arts group DADAA, and the guid­ance of his men­tor Jan Malkin.

Mrs Malkin, who is also an artist, said she was con­stantly im­pressed by Brandt’s artis­tic range be­cause he has ex­per­i­mented with al­most ev­ery type of me­dia avail­able. “It amazes me, what he can do,” she said.

Brandt’s mother and carer Maria Ines Long said her son’s art was an av­enue for him to live more in­de­pen­dently as well as a way to ex­press him­self.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion is the first step,” she said.

“The idea for me is for Alex to keep go­ing as an artist so he can cre­ate and sell and live, and have a ca­reer as an artist.”

Sev­eral of Brandt’s works are for sale.

The art­works are on show un­til De­cem­ber 16.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit face­book.com/groups/friend­so­falex­gath­mann/.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Artist Alexan­der Gath­mann Brandt at his Kar­ratha Li­brary ex­hi­bi­tion with mother Maria Ines Long and men­tor Jan Malkin.

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