Through their continuous involvement with members of the public, the Autism Research Group (ARG) in the department of Psychology has had the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals including some very talented artists. To celebrate this talent and underline the common thread that unites the individual departments in the School of Social Sciences, the ARG has the pleasure of hosting Singular Visions, an exhibition of paintings that will be on display in the Great Hall foyer of the College Building from the 21st of March until the 22nd April 2011.
Singular Visions combines the work of Anne Wheeler and Aquinas Okell who have supported the work of the ARG for several years. Aquinas’s collection Going Forward, includes his impressive series of Faces that have recently been on show in the Croydon Clock Tower and a series of abstract paintings that have not been on official display before. Aquinas describes Going Forward as a turning point in his life, from a period where he used to get down and depressed by things to one where he can make the best of the future and ‘go forward’. Anne’s collection Hidden Transparency includes a stunning series of Animals that she began to draw after leaving college in 1988. Many of her paintings are inspired by her childhood experiences in the South Downs, where the simple elements of sea, chalk downs and sky left a lasting impression. She describes her paintings as reflecting a ‘time of direct viewing into the natural world before age brings a world requiring process and procedure’.