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Addiscombe teenager has artwork exhibited at Carshalton gallery

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HE STARTED with a man throwing a knife, ended with a self portrait, and created 364 images in between.

Robert Bragg's pencil and paper odyssey saw him draw a picture every day of 2012, to fulfil a demanding New Year's resolution.

The 17-year-old's 366 hand drawings have now been granted their own exhibition room at an independent gallery in Carshalton.

The Coulsdon Sixth Form College student said: "It started off as a New Year's resolution and then it just became something I did and enjoyed; I put a lot of passion into it.

"I really wanted to do something involving drawing and the idea came up on January 1, so I thought, Why not?"

The Addiscombe teenager said he took inspiration from his own imagination as much as daily events.

He said: "I have drawn Tower Bridge; I have drawn McDonald's vs Burger King – making them into people.

"I normally draw half animals and mix them together – such as half a chicken mixed with half a cow.

"The first painting, I think a man got stabbed that day so I drew that - it was in the news."

The creative youngster said he took an hour of each day to do his drawings.

He said: "I liked that I could have an hour to myself and do my drawing and just relax. I just kept going; I really enjoyed it."

The graphics, art and design student said he first started drawing in year seven, regaining his enthusiasm after starting at college. He bagged his exhibition at the Mine Gallery thanks to a recommendation from a teacher at the college.

He said: "I started to find out I was pretty good at drawing and I started to get into it.

"Having an exhibition is really amazing, I am excited."

After the week-long exhibition ends tomorrow (Saturday), he plans to sell some drawings and keep others, "depending on how personal they are."

In the long term, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his inspiration, David Shrigley, as an illustrator.

He added: "I still draw every day; I have not stopped."

Addiscombe teenager has artwork exhibited at Carshalton gallery


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