Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sleepwalking artist

A man who starts drawing pictures after he draws the curtains at night is putting on an exhibition of his work. Lee Hadwin, 33, from Henllan near Denbigh, says he has been doing what he calls "sleepwalking art" for years.

Mr Hadwin cannot explain why he becomes an artist once he goes to bed but puts it down to another part of his brain "kicking in" while he is asleep. He said the only drawbacks were that he gets a migraine afterwards and that he sometimes paints under the stairs.

Mr Hadwin first started sleepwalking when he was about four or five years old "obviously just doing what normal kids do, running around the house and everything, nothing too serious. And then going back 12 to 14 years ago I stayed at a friend's house and when his mum got up she noticed we'd been drawing on the kitchen wall and she put that down to his drinking so I never thought anything of that," he said.

"It's only been the last 10 to 12 years where I started drawing on newspapers which I've got back to 1997, just doing sketches when I've been asleep.

Mr Hadwin said he just wakes up and his nocturnal art is there. His strange night-time hobby has led to some problems, he admitted.

He sometimes paints under the stairs, he said, adding: "My mum's sick of painting under there" Four months ago, Mr Hadwin said he cut a pair of his best jeans up and put a piece of fabric in the frame without even knowing - until the next morning.

"So that's how strange its getting. The only recollection I get or I know I've been sleepwalking is I normally get a migraine but apart from that I don't remember anything of the night - nothing."

His nocturrnal work covers everything from portraits to nudes, but Mr Hadwin still said he would not describe himself as artistic.

"Have a look at my school report, I'm no good at art at all."

His work will be exhibited at at Denbigh library on 5 October and some of the work will be sold, with proceeds going to charity.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Hadwin story is utter rubbish do a test on him you will see have known him years.His after some free money again yet another story he has made up.

Julie Rose said...

Well I say good luck to him the art work is great id buy some its better than some of the stuff out there and who cares how he does it mr/mrs anonymous I think your obviously jelous of his success what do u do for a livin I think u need to get a life puttin people downwont get u far.
As for Mr Hadwin keep up the great work!! we luv itxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Just for the record here I happen to be one of his friends since primary school and know him really well he has been doing this art work for yrs although I havnt seen him for some time but I remember when he was singing he use to do this. Good Luck Mr. ( ignore all those W****ers out there!!!!!!!