Keeping within the theme of interior decorating with a bit of a contrast on wall art stickers we came across an article in the Daily Mail that told of an ex-street fighter that had turned into a fanatical artist after suffering from a brain hemorrhage which actually physically altered his mind.
60 year old former youth offender and builder Tommy McHugh states that he can’t put down the paint brush after his near death accident. Since his recovery (nearly a whole week in a coma) he woke with an uncontrollable urge to be creative and instantly started to write poetry, painting the walls in his home, carving statues and sculpting art. Doctors have discovered that the reason for all this creativity is that a certain part of his brain was damaged when two blood vessels burst in the back of his head. When this devastating injury occurred it altered his temporal lobes, this is the part of the brain that is responsible for understanding meaning; changing him from a handyman to an artist with a future!
Mr MchHugh can send up to 18 hours a day painting his home walls, ceilings and sometimes the floor as well. Throughout his life he was liable for a string of offences and unlawful activities; he’s now accredited for his work within the art community and his friends and family can only call this new lease of life a shocking transformation when compared to his former self before the accident.
This has obviously been of excitement to professionals who study the brain with the only clue to his sudden change of life being a culprit of his brain being altered in the area that caters for creativity.
Mr McHugh has now opened his first gallery in his home town of Birkenhead which caters for amateur artists like himself that suffer from various illnesses to put their work on display. He states his lifestyle now is a massive difference compared to his old life of breaking the law. With thanks from recent aid support from the Council Voluntary Services and the Neuro Support Center in Liverpool he’s now set his sights on converting an old building in his town to exhibit his work. He aims to help others like himself of whom suffer difficulties show their work in the converted building becoming a place for people to enjoy work created by people like Mr McHugh, it won’t be a business, no art will be sold it just for people to appreciate modern art within his community.