In 1937, when he was 2 years old, Albert was placed in the Fountain Children’s Hospital in Tooting. Since then he has lived his live in care institutions and more recently independent supported living settings. Now 78, Albert has made pictures all his life; early on with whatever materials came to hand. Albert began working in the Project Art Works studios in 2009.
Currently his weekly studio work enables him to continue to paint with great focus and intensity. Albert is meticulous and works quietly and steadily for long periods without breaks except at appointed times such as for lunch or when he is expecting a lift home. At home, Albert has a range of objects that he’s passionate about, most notably, a collection of clocks and watches. These, alongside other favoured items, have at times entered Albert’s work as subject matter but more often he paints from his imagination.
Albert’s interaction in the studio is subtle and unobtrusive. He is very clear about his working methods, enjoying the calm focus of the studio environment, a place where he can be with others whilst progressing his own work uninterrupted. He is a gentle presence to work alongside.
Albert has works in private collections