This amazing blind artist paints fantastical images using only his sense of touch
American artist John Bramblitt started to lose his sight when he was just eight years old, and he became completely blind due to epilepsy when he was in his thirties. Today, he can’t see shadows or forms, but still has light perception. And so his only escape from depression became drawing. John has developed his own style: he blends the colors of oil paints to specific shades by his sense of touch, and uses textures to navigate the canvas.
We at WeGoRo chose ten of our favourite works by this amazing artist to share with you today.
2001 was a turning point in John’s career as a painter
’When I first started painting, I never thought it could equal the accuracy and complexity that my drawing had had when I could see.’
’It wasn’t until a year after going blind that I began to figure out a way to draw again.’
’Basically, what I do is replace everything that the eyes would do for an artist who can see with my sense of touch.’
’When you break it down, the eyes really only do two things for a painter — they allow you to know where things are on the canvas, and allow you to determine different colors.’
’Over time, I’ve developed different techniques that allow me to be much more precise when it comes to laying down the lines.’
’All of the bottles and paint tubes in my studio are Brailled, and when mixing colors I use recipes. In other words, I measure out different portions of each color that I need to produce the right hue. This is no different from using a recipe to bake a cake. If you use the right ingredients in the right proportions, the results will always be the same.’
’For the first art shows that I did, I never told anyone that I was blind.’
’I didn’t tell people that I was blind not because I was ashamed, but because I didn’t want it to affect the way they perceived the art.’
Blindness can become the final point for any artist. But not for John Bramblitt. The loss of vision actually helped him discover his genius and develop his unusual talent.