Paralysed man’s digital art work on show at Southport hospital

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Paralysed man’s digital art work on show at hospital

Eighteen images created by a disabled artist are now brightening up the hospital where he was once a patient.

Ryan Forshaw, 35, was paralysed from the shoulders down after a fall in 1996, leaving him using a wheelchair and with limited use of his arms.

He had always been interested in art and started digitally manipulating photographs while undergoing rehabilitation at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

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Ryan, who did a course in digital photography at Southport College in 2004, now uses a headset to control his computer and create fantastical digital images from original photographs (see note 1).

“Taking photographs myself is impossible but I’m too much of a perfectionist to let friends and family take the photos I use in my work. So, I use online image libraries when it comes to finding source images for my manipulations,” he said.

“When I’m choosing images, I usually have an idea in mind for the sort of photos I need. The most important part to get right is matching the perspective and lighting when compositing an image.

Ryan, who lives in Leigh, near Wigan, now has his own website from which he sells his work but he also takes commissions with clients often providing their own photographs.

Copies of the canvases on display at Southport hospital are available to order from Ryan who is giving 50% of the profit to the Spinal Injuries Action Group charity which supports patients.

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Clinical Director of the Spinal Injuries Centre Dr Clive Glass said: “Ryan is unusual that he has turned what was part of his rehabilitation into a livelihood. He’s a great example of someone who’s not letting his disability stopping him achieving.

“We’re delighted to show off Ryan’s work and it is very generous of him to give a donation to the Centre from any orders.”

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