No holds Barr artis­tic tal­ent shin­ing through

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Nearyou -

GREG Barr loves paint­ing be­cause it is an ac­tiv­ity he can do all by him­self. Mr Barr, who is in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled, dis­cov­ered his tal­ent sev­eral years ago and has pro­duced var­i­ous award­win­ning works since then.

“It’s just all out of my head and heart,” Mr Barr said.

“You clear your head out and paint.”

As We Are: Artists Who Have an In­tel­lec­tual Dis­abil­ity co- or­di­na­tor Susie Waller meets with Mr Barr twice a week to paint at the Jay Shed art stu­dio in Fre­man­tle.

Ms Waller said paint­ing of­fered a cre­ative out­let and sense of in­de­pen­dence for Mr Barr.

“His work has def­i­nitely evolved; he’s be­com­ing a lot more con­fi­dent,” Ms Waller said. “Greg wants to prac­tise as an artist; it is more of a ca­reer choice for him.

My Broth­ers, one of Mr Barr’s most re­cent pieces, will fea­ture in the WholeARTed ex­hi­bi­tion at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal along­side works by other WA artists who also have an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

Mr Barr said the paint­ing was a trib­ute to his three broth­ers.

“They in­spire me but they say I in­spire them,” he said.

The free ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the public at the SCGH Art Gallery at the E Block from March 31-April 20.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d434787

Judy Flana­gan with Quella, the kelpie-staffy cross she has nursed back to health.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d434562

Greg Barr’s art­work will fea­ture at the SCGH Art Gallery.

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