My first public exhibition

My first public exhibition

I am very happy to announce that I will be holding my first public exhibition!

It is called ‘Hand to Mouth’.

This will be a free event, open for anyone to attend. It will show all my work at an intimate exhibition very kindly supported by The Grove Hotel.

I have chosen the name Hand to Mouth for two reasons. One the obvious connection of once being able to use my hands but now having to use my mouth. But secondly the term means, living with limited resources, something I physically live with every day.

Holding an exhibition is something I never had planned in my life, then again everything I’m doing now in my life was completely unplanned.

Nearly seven years ago I was on holiday with my mates to celebrate the end of our AS exams.

On the fifth day of our holiday surrounded by incredible friends on a hot beautiful beach with blue sky and laughter all around I did something I have my whole life when by the sea. I ran down the beach and into the sea to a good depth and dived forward. I hit my head on the undulating sea bed and dislocated the fourth vertebrae in my neck leaving me unable to move anything from my neck down.

After three weeks in hospital in Portugal I then spent a further six months in hospital in England, fighting everything from learning how to breathe again to getting as strong and as healthy as possible. During this time I gave up a lot of things, including my love of art.

My life was turned upside down but at some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening…

Recently I rediscovered my love and joy of art. I’ve always loved drawing and painting but I let that love to create drift away after my accident.

In January of last year I had an illness that meant I was bed bound for a few weeks.

I was getting rather bored and found an app on my iPad that I could use for drawing by holding a stylus in my mouth and touching the screen. I loved it.

When my health had improved I was able to get it of bed and I taught myself how to draw and paint with actual pencils and paint by attaching the utensils to a mouth stick. I’ve opened up a thoroughly enjoyable new chapter in my life.

It’s funny but without that illness I would never have rediscovered my love for drawing, painting and creating. Adversity has given me a gift.

I may not be able to use my hands to do any of work but sometimes you just have to adapt to life’s challenges.

The subjects of my work consist of those who have inspired me for a long time, those who have played big parts in my life over the last six years, those that have inspired me more recently and some are pieces that I have been very proud to be commissioned to create.

I love the challenge of being able to pick a subject and try to recreate it in my own style. With a pencil I can add a lot of detail and with paint I can try bring a picture to life.

I try and do justice to anyone or anything that I draw or paint.

My rediscovered joy for art has given me so much. I was commissioned by The Times to produce a piece for the front cover of their first rugby World Cup supplement. It’s given me the opportunity to host my own exhibition. And when I was lying in my hospital bed six years ago no one, not even me, expected I’d be here doing anything like this.

After my accident I thought so many doors had been shut. In fact it’s opened so many more.

If it wasn’t for the accident then I’d probably be leading a very boring life at the moment. Adversity has given me a gift.

I once read, “What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning”

Hand to Mouth

Saturday 9th July

10am-6pm.Address: The Grove Hotel, The Cedar Suite, Chandlers Cross,

Watford, Herts WD17 3NL alternative Sat Nav WD34TG

Limited edition prints of my work will be available to purchase on the day.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.

www.henryfraser.org/                               For more information email me at henry.fraser@mac.com


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