Elusive Suffolk Artist, "The Hat"
"The Hat", at the tender age of 62 has discovered he has a love and talent for art. In the space of just a few months has created and sold a number of pieces for several hundred pounds each.
This has resulted in his work being exhibited shortly in Amsterdam and a limited edition set of Cymbals, created by "The Hat" and now attracting international attention.
“The Hat” A brief History of his Life and Times
Born to an impoverished family, he was used to doing without. As the family grew, he had less and less. At the tender age of five, he was sent to Boarding School – a place unworthy of the title. All he learnt there was how to survive.
As he grew older he became more and more self-sufficient – not giving much credence to AUTHORITY. He was convinced he would be safer if he could keep himself under the radar.
He lived on the edge….
Things began to change when he met a man with a trade, carpentry, who decided he would like to give this somewhat lost young man a chance – a purpose in Life. He took him under his wing and, over time, taught him everything he knew. Some days were better than others. They were both stubborn and opinionated.
Consequently, he was able to face the world with something to offer. He had proved to be a gifted carpenter.
By this time he had barely any contact with his unloving family and that has remained the case to this day. He feels he doesn’t need anything they may offer.
As his career continued, he found out he could also design furniture. His repertoire embraced most things any house would need: dressers, bookcases, tables, cupboards, desks. Also, for a price, bespoke, highly individual pieces. Having an interest in a pine-stripping business, he could also provide old rejuvenated doors – if needed.
Many businesses have come and gone. Some have lasted longer than others. He is a man who relishes change; always alert and ready for the next big thing.
Consequently, from time to time, money has been in short supply but, now with his own young family, cash was always found for the things that mattered.
Now he is older and has discovered a new and totally unexpected talent. He can paint and seems to have an endless stream of good, original ideas to transfer to various mediums.
As he ages he has taken to being more philosophical about his very unhappy early life. And feels he was treated most cruelly.
But these current difficult times have enabled him to look back and realise he was blessed with the ability to keep himself and his dependants provided for and to maintain an acceptable standard of living.
He knows now that there are many people with families, the children growing up in even worse surroundings and circumstances than himself and he wants to share his ultimate good fortune by donating some of his works to charitable organisations/individuals to do with as they wish. His intention being that some help may be provided that really makes a difference to peoples’ lives.