36 year-old Welsh Australian artist Lee Hadwin has been described by the Edinburgh Sleep Clinic as unique. With no training, no talent and no inclination in waking life to be an artist, Lee draws and sketches portraits, figures and landscapes in his sleep.
Sleep-drawing since the age of four, it wasn't until he was 16 and staying over at a friends house that his nocturnal talents as an artist began to emerge. He recalls, "The next morning my friends mother found drawings all over the walls in the kitchen, but we had been drinking that night so we put it down to that"
In his late teens and early twenties, whilst still living at home, Lee began to draw or scribble on walls, tables, clothes, discarded newspapers - with pens, crayons and coal - anything he could get his hands on. Now, he is prepared and has his sketch books and materials scattered around his flat, which he shares with his partner Clint. Even he admits, at the start, his work wasn't much to look at but as the years have passed, the drawings have become more detailed, more profound. Now, with interest from galleries around the world Lee has discovered a global demand for his work.
"People ask me all the time", he says, "what it is like but I can't really answer that because I don't feel its my work as I don't recall doing it in the first place. You should see my reports from school. I was appalling at art and couldn't draw at all".
Lee's latest exhibition of his work "Visions" is being held from the 15 June 2012 at the Barclays Premier Lounge, Picadilly Circus, 48 Regent Street, London, W1B 5RA
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