Matt lives in a village in East Yorkshire and has struggled with ME for the last 20 years, dealing with constant pain and fatigue. He is trying to support himself through his painting. His paintings take six to eight weeks to create and sometimes longer. To see more of his work visit: mattnicholas.gallery
Tangerine is a mixed media artist, photographer and graphic designer born in Italy in 1979 and now living in Brighton. “Art has always been a very important part of my life,” she says. “I have been trying to create something new and personal, looking at the inner side of my personality, along with experience of anxiety and social issues. I am really inspired by music and my artworks always try to express what music means to me.”
David is a Big Issue vendor whose pitch is at Hammersmith in London. His love of Henri Matisse inspired him to try his hand at producing his own artworks, comprising abstract designs made from coloured card. “One of my customers took me to see Matisse paintings at the Tate Modern because he thought they were similar,” he says. “I was blown away.”
After years spent travelling and squatting, Michael ended up homeless in London with a drug habit. “I got into a hostel and eventually got myself clean,” he says. “Now I’ve got a Peabody Flat and things are cool.” He likes there to be humour in his work. “The more ridiculous the better,” he says. “I think the world is a very silly place and hopefully this comes though in my pictures.”
This anonymous artist, who submits her work via London homelessness charity the 240 Project, describes herself as 'a lone wolf'. “My work comes straight out my head, it’s happy and sad,” she says. “At the end of the day, how you feel comes out on the paper, in the colours and the shapes. I get inspired by people at the project and value their comments. We are like a family, they give you honest advice.”
Geraldine has struggled with drug addiction and been homeless twice in the last 16 years, living on the streets around Victoria in London. But she’s now clean and has been living in a housing association flat. This oil painting is of her kitchen studio. It's been chosen for an exhibition at the ONE Festival Of Homeless Arts at the Old Diorama Arts Centre in London, opening on World Homeless Day, October 10.
“I am 21, and I live in a youth hostel called The Foyer on the Isle of Wight,” says Zach. “I draw for a hobby but want to make it into a career. This artwork is a pencil of Harry Potter and Dobby. I really love this piece because it not only shows the details in the faces but it shows the emotion of Harry when he holds Dobby who has died in his arms.”
The daughter of an architect, Rene lives in London. Following the death of her husband and son, she experienced a period of homelessness, but doesn’t like to dwell on misfortune. At a low point, one of her friends invited her to attend an art project and she has been attending ever since. Perhaps inspired by her father, her work has an architectural quality, whether it be line drawing or collage. She works slowly and patiently due to a degenerative eye condition.