Age 7 – I would be an artist.
Age 17 – painted this.
Age 18 – proudly showed the little bearded man a photo of it at my Bolton foundation course interview.
Humiliation – “Well, you got it out of your system.”
Age 21 – burned everything I’d ever created.
Believed the painting was gone too.
My nephew had it under his mattress (bad back).
Became a van driver.
Eventually became a graphic designer.
Forgot about fine art.
Age 53 – began a part-time degree.
I don’t paint.
I manifest indifference (to what others think of my work).
Fuck you Roger Hampson – that’s what I think.
Ben D Gedig
(Ben D Gedig is a divison of Man in The Street Enterprises – a wholly owned subsidiary of Rob Stephen)