Artist donation for Art for Epilepsy
Daniel Howard. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
'Chaos' by Daniel Howard. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
'An Epileptic Mess' by Daniel Howard. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Next month art-lovers across Australia will once again have the opportunity to get their hands on a beautiful collection of original masterpieces by Australian artists, when Art for Epilepsy opens for bidding.
This year Nyngan resident Daniel Howard has donated two of his artworks to the online charity auction which will help raise money for Epilepsy Action Australia.
For Mr Howard there was no hesitating to donate his works to the charity auction which will run from May 1 – 31.
“I have epilepsy myself, so the Epilepsy Action Australia is really close to me,” Mr Howard said.
“All the help we can get, all the awareness and support as epileptics that would be great.”
Mr Howard has donated two of his works to the online auction to raise money for those suffering from epilepsy.
The first piece is titled Chaos, which Mr Howard said is a piece that brings his faith and art together.
“There's a couple of meanings behind it. I'm a christian and firm believer in God and I figured the top part of the picture is God, peace and tranquillity and its not so chaotic, but the bottom part is Satin and Hell and how Earth is all not very organised so theres a lot of things going on,” Mr Howard said.
“I wanted to bring Christianity and my drawing abilities together.”
His second piece 'An Epileptic Mess' is a maze which spans from one side of the page to the other.
“It took three days to draw and I just wanted to connect everything together, so all the lines and circles connect together. If you started at one side of the page you can work your way to the other side like a big maze.”
This year artists must include the colour purple, which is the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy awareness. Mr Howard said that he added the purple in the piece to create an E symbolising epilepsy.
Art for Epilepsy is an online art auction that raises funds to support people living with epilepsy and is back again for its third instalment which will open from 9am Monday, May 1 until 9pm May 31.
Mr Howard said he hopes the auction not only raises a lot of money to support people suffering from epilepsy, but also hopes to raise an awareness of the condition.
“There's a lot of stigma against epileptics … theres over 20 different types of epilepsy, so yeah we just need to get the awareness out there that everyone battles their own battles differently,” he said.
“It doesnt matter if it's $5 or $10 it all goes to Epilepsy Action Australia and that's whats important.”
Fore more information on Art for Epilepsy or to get in on the bidding action visit www.epilepsy.org.au
- Epilepsy is the worlds most common serious brain condition. Almost 65 million people worldwide are currently living with epilepsy.
- In Australia, it is estimated that around 250,000 Australians are living with epilepsy, and approximately 800,000 Australians will experience epilepsy during their lifetimes.
- Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that can affect anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, culture or background.
- Epilepsy can seriously affect every aspect of a persons life, from their work, relationships, education and financial security, to their physical and mental health. Epilepsy can also have a significant impact on family members.
- There are many different types of seizures associated with epilepsy, from altered awareness, perception, sensation and/or behaviour, through to full loss of consciousness with convulsions. Some seizures may be mistaken for daydreaming or zoning out, or even intoxication.
To contact Epilepsy Action Australia call 1300 EPILEPSY (37 45 37) for the cost of a local call or visit www.epilepsy.org.au