Art in the time of COVID

I will be fundraising for the Smile Project by Autism Support Famagusta. Smile is the first and only day care centre for adults with autism in Famagusta, Cyprus – and it hosts my brother.  

In 2015 Autism Support Famagusta I wrote: “Their dream is to build a home within the community to provide care and a quality of life for people with Autism. The long-term goal is a specialised centre which will offer kids with Autism tailored education and pastime.” And now here we are. The Smile centre opened in September 2019 and currently hosts 3 adults, with interest from even more families.

But now SMILE, like all schools, has been closed due to Covid-19 and our boys are being home-schooled, it’s easier for some more than others. It’s distressing for us to stay at home, but even more when you rely on that sense of routine and repetition to get through the day. When parents have to divide their time to further the education of all their children, neurotypical or not, as well as keeping the peace, maintaining the household etc. Your donation can buy toys, art supplies, puzzles to continue their education or to help with paying rent or utilities so that the boys have somewhere to return to when all this is over.

So, read more about SMILE on the blog and pick a painting you like – info below. Make us an offer! These are difficult times, so I won’t price them. It’s up to you to bid and, once confirmed, donate directly to the school http://www.autismsupportfamagusta.com/donate . I will post the painting to you on the weekend after you order it.

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Acrylic on canvas, 35x28cm because I love elephants and Christos loves the sea.

 

 

 

 

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Deer – acrylic on canvas – 51.40.5 cm

I love blue. Maybe this is why?

 

 

 

 

 

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Life – Acrylic on canvas – 50×39.5cm

Blue again and women. Strong, powerful, shapely, pregnant, tall, short, beautiful women.

 

 

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Regal – Acrylic on canvas – 50×39.5cm

A clear blue sky here featuring a beautiful woman, a powerful pose and a regal bird.

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Hiding – Acrylic on canvas – 60×40.5cm

Another power pose by a magnificent woman. There is so much more than meets the eye.

 

 

 

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In progress – Acrylic on canvas 65×89.5cm

This is my interpretation of Kilmt’s Expectation. Klimt has been my surrealist guide and I draw inspiration from his love for women and nature. Here, instead of expectation, she strikes another power pose and opens herself up.

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