Dyslexic artist scribbles portraits

Dyslexic artist scribbles portraits
Malaysian artist Vince Low with his drawings of Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. His solo exhibition titled, Simply Scribbly is on at TCC - The Connoisseur Concerto.

SINGAPORE - Malaysian artist Vince Low, who is holding his first solo exhibition in Singapore, creates portraits entirely through scribbles.

Simply Scribbly, which is on at TCC - The Connoisseur Concerto in Circular Road, features 24 of his works.

"People usually scribble when they are bored or brainstorming," says the 37-year-old bachelor. He decided to incorporate them into his drawings to show that even seemingly useless doodles can be turned into something great.

His portraits feature celebrities such as pop star Madonna, Bahamian-born boxer Kimbo Slice as well as scientist Albert Einstein, whom some people believe was dyslexic.

Low, who is himself dyslexic, draws well-known people to express the thoughts and feelings he is not able to in words.

He has been working for Grey Advertising Group in Kuala Lumpur as head of illustration since 2009. Last year, he started experimenting with his scribble technique while working on his company's pitch for a campaign for the Dyslexia Association of Malaysia.

The first portrait he drew was of boxer Slice. Low says: "Initially, I saw the scribble as a messy and angry stroke. When I saw a picture of Kimbo, with his silent, angry look and messy beard, I felt that he matched the feeling I wanted."

As he prepared the art pieces last year, he found out about his dyslexia. He saw a doctor and was diagnosed with it in February this year.

He said that while he had consistently failed in school, he never knew that it was due to this condition.

He says: "I wondered to myself, do such people exist? My creative director showed me a video about dyslexia and I realised that I, too, am dyslexic. When I work on the computer, words jump out of the screen and blink at me from time to time, something that dyslexic people experience."

He then did a series called Dyslexia Couldn't Stop Me, featuring Einstein, Pablo Picasso and John Lennon. These portraits, formed entirely of scribbled lines, are accompanied by scrawled words. Lennon's portrait, for example, has the words "Dyslexia couldn't hide Lennon's talent".

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