Draw­ing on fam­ily

Joondalup Times - - ART -

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d487705

Clive Col­len­der’s work is part of an ex­hi­bi­tion.

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