#AutismPower – Basil Joseph proves that disability no barrier when it comes to creativity
Just 21 years old, Basil Joseph shows amazing skill and maturity in his works of art. No wonder this young man’s work has been displayed at some prestigious exhibitions.
Basil Joseph started exploring the world of colours when he was quite young. He became so proficient that he decided to take up painting full-time. Basil, who is still learning art, excels at acrylic paintings and regularly holds exhibitions.
While in school, Basil was good at drawing but his mother Saju and his teachers regarded it as a typical curiosity for colours shown by kids. Then one day, his art teacher called Saju and said Basil showed immense promise.
After his art teacher’s words, even I started to notice his exceptional skills. He had a unique style and passion for paintings. We started giving him professional training. Apart from acrylic, he does water colour paintings too. He learned pencil sketching for three years. Basil is passionate about art and he wants to pursue that. Even I want him to concentrate on his paintings. –
Saju Joseph, Basil’s mother
While in school, Basil was hyperactive and it was only when his mother took him to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru that he was diagnosed with a developmental disorder. Basil was in class 7 when Saju found out he has autism.
Basil’s works have been displayed at the Outsider Art event at the Kochi Muziris Biennale. He holds exhibitions across Kochi. His works are popular at the annual OnFleak Festival in Kochi every year.
Basil likes to capture the world around him on canvas. Recently he drew his mother’s collection of designer bottles and wine glasses. He is studying graphics as well.
“It is not easy being a parent to a child with autism”, says Saju. “There is nothing to worry about and just do what you can do. Rest will fall in place. Basil is unable to perform well in certain conditions and needs support. Sometimes he lacks confidence and I have to boost it for him. As a parent, I enjoy this journey and want to stay with him throughout, says Saju.
Basil’s teacher Ashil Antony has been teaching him painting for seven years now. Antony calls it a rewarding experience
“I do not have to teach him anything because Basil is a born artist. He is a perfectionist who would not miss any detail in his work. I must say that in my career, he is one of the best students that I have come across. It has been a learning experience for me as well.
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