THE work of a talented upcoming artist is making waves and has caught the attention of big names like the football legend Gareth Bale and rapper AJ Tracey.
Wilf Elliott, 19, was an aspiring golfer playing for the county at a high level but wanted to develop another skill he could pursue in his career.
During the lockdown, he started drawing portraits of celebrities, and the aforementioned stars took notice of his work on social media.
Wilf said, “I was really inspired by all the support I got on social media, so I thought I would pursue art in a professional sense.
“I went to different studios in Colchester, and they gave me advice on getting into the industry, I eventually found Monumental Ink in Stanway and got an apprenticeship there.”
Wilf, from Clacton, has a unique approach to art. As he is color blind, his approach is completely different from other artists.
Wilf added, “You’ll notice from the portraits I draw, that I keep the face black and gray and the clothes color. This creates a contrast in the work between the background and the actual piece.
“My parents label the picture for me in terms of colors and I match their labels with my crayons, it’s almost like a puzzle when I put things together.”
Wilf recently drew a portrait of Eurovision hero Sam Ryder and was able to connect with the astronaut who signed his work.
The art will be at auction and funds raised will be donated to Sarcoidosis UK in the hope of raising awareness of the disease.
Sarcoidosis is a rare disease that causes small patches of red, swollen tissue, called granulomas, to develop in organs, usually affecting the lungs and skin.
The son of one of Wilf’s clients has the disease and is struggling with it. Sarcoidosis UK is not government funded and Wilf would like to support it in any way possible.
This is a condition that I myself had for many years. When I was first diagnosed, I had no idea how dangerous this fucking thing was.…
Wilf added, “I’m about to meet the head of the charity and would like to raise more awareness.”
Wilf’s client with the disease – unsurprisingly to me – fought tooth and nail – for every health care for her boy who has been housebound for a yearduring the NHS’ prolonged obsession with Covid.
Sarcoidosis UK is a small charity which exists to provide support and information for people with sarcoidosis and to fund research into a cure for the disease. He is currently among the largest funders of sarcoidosis research in the world and is passionate about helping find a cure.
Sarcoidosis UK is dedicated to funding the disease and will continue to do so until a cure is found.