Belfast Telegraph

Inspiring artist James Baker to host first exhibition

By Rebecca Black

From the age of 11, a young wheelchair user has been impressing with his artwork and now it is set to go on display at the Ulster Hall as part of his first long-term exhibition.

James Baker (24), from Belfast, suffers from a rare syndrome which he explained as affecting every part of him.

However, it has not held him back from creating beautiful pieces of art, depicting animals, landscapes and street scenes.

His talent was discovered at the tender age of 12 by a teacher.

"I used to get home-schooled, and the teacher who would come out and see painted in her spare time," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"One day, as a treat, she brought out her paints for me to try.

"We spent all day painting and then she brought the painting out to my mum, who said 'that's nice, but where is the one that James did'.

"It just kept going from that day."

James won the Sunday Life's Spirit of Northern Ireland Overcoming Adversity award and also a lifetime achievement award from the hospital school which he attended.

His exhibition will be on at the Ulster Hall from October 9-October 25.

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