A SOLO show of work by a local artist with Downs Syndrome is running for a month in the heart of London’s contemporary arts scene.
John Croft, 53, who participates in Project Art Works’ Mentoring Studios programme recently opened his show Icons at Hoxton Square Gallery, KK Outlet.
It sits alongside the work of sculptor Wilfrid Wood, an exhibition entitled Heads and Bodies.
John creates portraits of popular iconic figures, particularly from the 1970s and 1980s, transforming the well-known images into personalised readings of each character.
He has created striking portraits of figures including Elton John, George Michael and David Bowie.
Wilfrid Wood selected John’s work for the adjacent gallery space to his own as he thought it would complement and contrast with his own work.
Sarah Locke, creative programme manager at Project Art Works, said: “For John it is a unique opportunity, it’s a mainstream arts space.
“That’s part of our mission at Project Art Works.”
John, who has been working with Project Art Works for around seven years, has previously had work included in group shows, but this is his first solo exhibition.
Project Art Works is a visual arts organisation which works with people with severe intellectual impairments, driving forward inclusiveness by bringing these individuals and their work into mainstream culture.
The show at KK Outlet runs until May 27.
To find out more about John and his work visit www.projectartworks.org/artist_johncroft.htm.