No holds Barr artistic talent shining through
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.
Judy Flanagan with Quella, the kelpie-staffy cross she has nursed back to health.
Greg Barr’s artwork will feature at the SCGH Art Gallery.