ARTISTS Jhana Bowen and Damien Conte.
ARTISTS Jhana Bowen and Damien Conte.

Autism no barrier for artist

TWENTY-year-old Damien Conte is not letting his disability hinder his art abilities.

The Murwillumbah man will next month hold an art exhibition at Studio 44 in Fingal Head, thanks to the help from his mentor Jhana Bowen.

The exhibition, called Breaking Ground, will celebrate Damien’s unique abstract paintings.

“Damien is autistic and the exhibition is in conjunction with International Day of People with A Disability,” Mr Bowen said.

Mr Bowen has been working with Damien for the past nine months as his mentor and facilitator.

“I don’t call it therapy because I get as much out of it as he does,” Mr Bowen said.

Damien is a very talented young man, Mr Bowen said.

“Some of his paintings are to die for.

“I look at them and think I could buy them.”

Fortunately, Damien’s colourful works of art will be for sale at the exhibition, with profits going to the artist.

The opening night will feature interactive live music by Sean Kenneth and Ryan Gittoes, and an art workshop by Kit Feuerriegel.

Breaking Ground’s opening night is on Friday, December 11, from 3.30pm to 8pm, at Studio 44, 44 Fingal Road, Fingal Head. Entry is free.



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