(Independent) Meet Lee Hadwin the ‘sleepwalking artist’ who can’t draw when he’s awake
MATILDA BATTERSBY Wednesday 14 January 2015
Welsh artist Lee Hadwin has baffled sleep experts and can’t draw when he’s awake. Now a major exhibition of his work is opening in Croydon
Imagine waking up and finding a masterpiece on your bedroom wall? A man dubbed the ‘sleepwalking artist,’ who can’t draw when he’s awake, is now making a living selling his artworks.
Lee Hadwin, 40, originally from Wales, whose first UK solo show opens tomorrow (sponsored by Dreams beds, no less), started drawing in his sleep when he was four-years-old. But, the former care worker-turned-full-time-artist, admits to being “horrific at art when I’m conscious”.
US tycoon Donald Trump owns a piece of Hadwin’s artwork, and three of his early drawings of Marilyn Monroe were bought by The Marilyn Monroe Museum in Hollywood for more than £4,000.
Hadwin, who has been studied by doctors and psychologists both in the UK and overseas, has been described by the Edinburgh Sleep Clinic as “unique”. He reveals: “The thing that’s baffling the sleep clinics is that I cannot produce the same things when I’m awake.”
As a child Hadwin reveals he’d get up in the night and use his crayons to scribble on the walls. But it wasn’t until his mid-teens that the drawings became more detailed. “I drew the Marilyn Monroe pictures and in the morning I just looked at them and thought ‘Oh wow!’,” he said.