Straight from the art for hospice that helps him
Artist with terminal cancer to sell all his works to raise funds
A TERMINALLY-ILL artist from Hayes is to sell his entire art collection to help the hospice that is supporting him.
Christopher Dilger, 58, has been housebound since December after being diagnosed with liver cancer and emphysema and receives help from Harlington Hospice.
Under his alter ego Captain Colourblind, he is a diverse artist who portrays political and health campaigns through his work raising awareness of the dangers of smoking, drinking and crime.
Mr Dilger said: “My alter ego stems from me not really wanting to be me anymore. I don’t want to be noticed due to my appearance, I’m trying to sever yesterday with a disguise.
“For the majority of my life I was a builder or bricklayer on building sites, then I went through all the drink and drug problems in life, as some people do.
“I managed to claw my way out of that, moved up to Hayes in 1995, and just bogged myself into art, away from drink and away from drugs.”
Originally, Mr Dilger wanted a buyer for his specially designed one-ofa-kind padlock handbag, but now will sell collection.
He said: “I’ve put so much time and money into the handbag, I’d love to just give it away but I want someone to benefit from it.
“In a nutshell I just want to generate as much money as I can for Harlington hospice fund, not for me.”
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“I imagine I’d be in hospital without them, they think it would be a benefit for a while, but it’s the fear I might not come back out that’s got me shackled a bit, but I’m trying to stay positive.”
Mr Dilger’s work is displayed online at www. hillingdonartists.org
To buy any of his works call 07876 527678 or email c ap t a i n c o l o u r bl i n d 1 @ gmail.com.
All the proceeds raised will go to Harlington Hospice.
n THOUGHT PROVOKING: Artworks by Christopher Dilger for sale include (from left) ‘Balloon Lungs’, ‘Padlock Handbag’, ‘Drink and Drive’ and ‘Smog Tree’