Stefan's story

26 October 2017

We are so incredibly proud of Stefan. He has gone from drawing at home to picking up a paint brush and selling his first painting to someone in New York City. He was also recently chosen to exhibit at the Camberwell Art Show.

Stefan is a member of our QArt Gallery in Melbourne and won the opportunity to be featured through BuyAbility. Here is his story and outstanding work.

Transcript

Stefan:

I self-taught myself how to draw. It just makes me happy and relaxed. I love art so much that I see other artists’ paintings and it inspired me to become one. Endeavour and Q Art have been so supportive. I’ve been working here for two years now. I’m here three days a week and I’ve done 26 paintings. Most of the paintings I did in the first year all sold. Gordon is my supervisor. He helps with ideas on what to paint and shows us how to do different types of strokes. When I was at home, I used to do sketches of celebrities and footy players.

Jan:

Stefan started with us just drawing cartoon pictures of footy players and eventually we got him painting and it was just incredible. I’ve never seen someone with such a talent to be able to just pick up a brush and be able to paint so quickly. So he’s a born artist, there’s no doubt. My favourite artwork, I think is the first one he did of the monkey, which we sold to somebody in New York. I just loved it because of the pure joy that Stefan had when he finished that painting. And then when he heard it was being bought by someone in New York and it was being hung in an apartment in New York, I mean, how amazing is that for an artist?

Stefan:

I’ve started off small to bigger paintings now. For example, Melbourne City painting and that got entered in to a competition called the Camberwell Art Show. I was over the moon when that got in for the first time out of 1300 paintings that had been entered, that got picked.

Jan:

As a manager of people with disability, for me it’s hugely fulfilling at the end of the day, you can walk in to the gallery and not know that the artists have a disability and it makes no difference. The art is fantastic. I mean, it’s beautiful.

Stefan:

If I could no longer paint, I would probably just be at home doing really nothing. When someone asks me ‘what do you do for a job?’ I would say ‘I’m an artist.’

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