Drawing on family
LETTERS from his father received while at boarding school inspired a lifetime of art for Clive Collender.
The Marangaroo resident will be one of 10 artists showcasing their work at Identitywa’s Art Exhibition next month.
Collender has been drawing pictures since he was five years old that tell the story of the places, people and animals that have been part of his life.
He was one of three sons born to English parents. The family moved to South Africa in the 1960s, where his father Fred worked as a geologist for mining companies.
Clive and his brother Ian were both born with hearing and sight impairments and from the age of four attended a specialist boarding school in Cape Town that supported children with disability.
As the brothers could not read, their father would draw pictures to show what their older brother Richard, their mother Ellie and he were doing.
Clive would respond with his own letters filled with drawings.
The Identitywa exhibition on November 3 and 4 at 61 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge.
It will include work from artists David Guhl and Tim Maley and be open from 10am to 3.30pm both days.
For more information, call 9474 3033.
Clive Collender’s work is part of an exhibition.