Cafe ex­hi­bi­tion for art tal­ent Bradley

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AN artis­tic teenager with a com­plex learn­ing dis­abil­ity and dys­lexia has held his first ex­hi­bi­tion.

Bradley Davies, 16, has an un­di­ag­nosed ge­netic con­di­tion which se­verely af­fects his mem­ory and abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate and learn.

He also has a bone dis­ease which of­ten makes move­ment or sit­ting very painful.

De­spite th­ese com­plex prob­lems, Bradley is a tal­ented artist and an­i­ma­tor.

Bradley, of Broom­field Close, Chelford, ap­peared in the Ex­press in 2014 af­ter he wowed his teach­ers at Park Lane Spe­cial School by achiev­ing a grade D in GCSE art.

Now Bradley has taken his cre­ative con­fi­dence to the next level and had his first art ex­hi­bi­tion.

A se­lec­tion of his work has been on dis­play at Rustic Cof­fee Co on Church Mews for the last two weeks.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, a joint ven­ture with fel­low artist Dan White, is due to stay on show un­til later this month.

It was set up by Bradley’s proud mum Siob­han with sup­port from dad Rob.

She said: “The ex­hi­bi­tion has been bril­liant and a mas­sive boost to Bradley’s con­fi­dence.

“A lot of doors close when you men­tion the word dis­abil­ity. But Char­lie and Adam at Rustic have been amazingly sup­port­ive.”

“Bradley is a one-off. He has no work­ing mem­ory, which makes life very dif­fi­cult and con­fus­ing for him.

“He strug­gles to com­mu­ni­cate and form sen­tences. He can­not read or write. But he has pock­ets of amaz­ing abil­ity, par­tic­u­larly in art. His art is unique and orig­i­nal.”

It wasn’t un­til Bradley was seven months old that his par­ents be­gan to be con­cerned by his devel­op­ment. At the same time Bradley was di­ag­nosed with kid­ney dis­ease and needed ma­jor cor­rec­tive surgery.

Af­ter 17 years of be­ing tested by neu­rol­o­gists and ge­neti­cists, the ex­perts are still un­able to pin­point Bradley’s con­di­tion, clas­si­fy­ing him as SWAN (Syn­drome With­out A Name).

Although Bradley strug­gles to write his own name, he has al­ways shown a tal­ent with drawing and is rarely seen with­out a pen­cil or paint­brush.

He is also very ca­pa­ble with com­put­ers and a keen an­i­ma­tor with dozens of videos on his own YouTube ac­count.

Bradley said: “I’m thrilled to have my art on show. I am now aim­ing to get my own comic run­ning.”

To see more of his art search ‘Bradleys bril­liant art’ on Face­book.

●● De­spite com­plex health prob­lems and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties Bradley Davies has shown a re­mark­able tal­ent with a pen and brush

●● Some of Bradley’s art­work (above and right) on show at the Rustic Cof­fee Co

●● Bradley at the ex­hi­bi­tion with his grandma Joan Davies

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