Stuart was introduced to Cafe Art by a close friend of his, Maxine, who read about us in a London homeless hostel.
Well, we are really delighted she did as Stuart is a hidden gem. We have a few of his artworks up in 2 Cafes this week, and they are already receiving rave compliments from the Owners and customers alike! Read about his story below...
A day in the life
Stuart only started these drawings about 12 months ago, after being placed in a night shelter and having access to art materials in a cupboard. Prior to this, he had been sleeping rough. He has now been moved to a more stable hostel run by the BCHA
His other passion is doll-making. Some of his drawings and dolls are slightly battered, but you have to consider the circumstances in which he was creating them - a table in Bournemouth Library
for his drawings - which involved moving them around a lot, and at the night shelter for his dolls. Some of his drawings are his 'take' on something he has seen in a book etc, but most are his own original work.
You can see some of his wonderful works at Chamleon Cafe, Angel and Cafe Plaka, Kings Cross. Over the coming months, we shall we putting up more of his artworks for you to enjoy. Meanwhile, check out the details in his drawings in the photos below.
Cafe Art is pleased to say that since we met him, he has been given an opportunity to exhibit his dolls in a high-profile Cafe in Bournemouth from 31st October 2012, to tie in with Halloween. Cafe Art is all about giving these often forgotten and overlooked individuals in Society an opportunity. Hence, many thanks to Rob and his Team at Flirt Cafe
for doing just that!
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