Shawn Bellanger was diagnosed with autism at the age of five years old. Until he was seven no one knew if he could draw and his first tentative drawings were unremarkable. Over the years he has honed his craft to produce some amazing intricate ink drawings.
Shawn who is from Calgary, Canada is now 28, and will be exhibited at a prestigious New York Gallery, shattering a few myths about ASD at the same time. Shawn is non-verbal. His remarkable story is on his website which can be found here.
His art will be displayed in the Agora gallery in New York from June 10 to July 1.
From a very eaqrly age his parents were told that Shawn “was severely disabled, with “no special talents”, that he would “never have functional use of a pencil” and that he should be institutionalized.”
In an interview with The Calgary Herald, his mother Nancy said:
“He is being recognized as an artist, who just happens to have autism, not as an autistic man who does art”
Nancy who founded Autism Calgary and is president of the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society (AAFS) and her husband Greg strongly believe that the most important message from Shawn’s journey is that of individuality for each person who has autism.
You can read the full article in the calgary Herald here.