Can­cer-stricken artist to sell his work for hospice

Sur­re­al­ist needs gallery to ex­hibit his work for fundraiser

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

AN artist who is bat­tling can­cer is look­ing for a gallery to ex­hibit and sell his work to raise money for Har­ling­ton Hospice.

Sur­re­al­ist Chris Dil­ger, 57, was di­ag­nosed with liver can­cer and em­phy­sema last year.

The grand­fa­ther has spent the past 20 years cre­at­ing art un­der his al­ter ego, Cap­tain Colour­blind, and has been re­ceiv­ing help and care over re­cent months from the hospice in St Peter’s Way, Hayes.

Now he wants a gallery to come for­ward to help sell his paint­ings, sculp­tures and mod­els.

Mr Dil­ger, who is house­bound, said: “I don’t want to ex­hibit and sell it at the hospice be­cause who’s go­ing to go to a hospice and de­cide to buy some art? So I want to find some­where, ide­ally an art gallery, that will ex­hibit the work and pass on the sales to this fan­tas­tic hospice.”

When Mr Dil­ger, a life­long smoker, was di­ag­nosed with can­cer there was hope he could be treated. But its spread meant this would not be pos­si­ble.

He said: “They were go­ing to burn the can­cer out of the liver, but when they sent me back to hos­pi­tal for scans they found out it had moved around too much for them to op­er­ate. It would be worse for me to have the op­er­a­tion be­cause the liver would re­ject the treat­ment and shut down.”

His ill­ness has been di­ag­nosed as ter­mi­nal, but doc­tors have not said how long he has.

A brick­layer by trade, he has more than 100 eclec­tic art works on of­fer and says that over the years cre­at­ing art has been a great com­fort to him.

He said: “I love it. I lose my­self and use it as a ther­apy for my­self.”

He said the care he had re­ceived from the hospice had prompted him to de­cide to help, adding: “Har­ling­ton Hospice helps so many peo­ple out there so I want to try and or­gan­ise this and help them. Had I not had Har­ling­ton Hospice to turn to I think I would have been sit­ting here spi­ralling down­wards and I think I would have died quicker.

“They’ve helped me deal with this and it sounds mad to say this but they’re kind of like a life­line.

“If they have more money they could have more staff to help more peo­ple. They’re a nice lit­tle or­gan­i­sa­tion that has helped me a huge deal.”

Any­one who can help Mr Dil­ger’s fi­nal wish come true can con­tact email him on cap­tain­colour or us at ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@ trin­i­

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