Art helps express one’s true self

Dan Flynn, Max Schultz and Nick Flynn, all of whom have autism, with their art. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400148
Dan Flynn, Max Schultz and Nick Flynn, all of whom have autism, with their art. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400148

Since he was three-and-a-half years old, Max, who has autism, has attended speech therapy to improve his communication skills, which introduced him to the world of art.

‘I wanted to make art ever since I wanted to design my dreams,’ Max said. ‘I was obsessed with playing around with art when I was a kid.’

Max’s artwork was on display last month at the Victoria Park Centre for Art at the Flying Solo through the Spectrum exhibit, which featured artwork made by children and adults with autism.

The event has proved to be lucrative for twin brothers Nick and Dan Flynn from High Wycombe, who were commissioned by a member by the public to produce four additional pieces of artwork.

Kathy Ziatas, a South-Perth based speech pathologist who works with Max and the Flynn brothers, said art allowed people with autism to express their true selves rather than the self that is expressed through language.

‘When you have to second guess every single communication you do it drops your confidence, yet in the art world it’s your expression,’ Mrs Ziatas said.

Max is currently studying graphic design and pre-press at TAFE, and is looking for an apprenticeship in his field of study.