Cancer-stricken artist to sell his work for hospice
Surrealist needs gallery to exhibit his work for fundraiser
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 email@example.com or us at editorialuxbridge@ trinitysouth.co.uk