17Capital commissions young artist

16th July 2019
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  • 17Capital commissioned Harry Luxton to create a one-off painting for their London office.

Harry who has a rare genetic disorder has a produced an amazing self-portrait emphasising that physical disability is no barrier to creativity.

Harry has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which means he finds it difficult to use his hands as his muscles are weakening. But this hasn’t stopped him from creating incredible contemporary art on canvas.

His latest piece, a bright self-portrait, made with acrylic paint, depicts Harry amongst the beautiful grounds at Haven House Children’s Hospice – a charity that has supported him. This was no mean feat taking Harry a month to complete and requiring fine brush strokes and methodical control.

Along with his parents and hospice staff, Harry proudly presented the artwork to 17Capital. Speaking at the presentation Augustin Duhamel, 17Capital’s Managing Partner, said: “We are very proud to receive this wonderful piece of art. Harry has demonstrated that there is no limit to what you can achieve. We are going to display it proudly in the reception area of our office and look forward to telling people the story behind it and about Harry and Haven House.”

17Capital were initially introduced to the hospice by Epic Foundation, long standing and valued supporters of the charity.

While visiting the hospice last year some of the 17Capital team met Harry and heard about his love of art and painting. They were so taken by Harry’s energy and enthusiasm that they commissioned him to produce a piece of art for them to exhibit at their London-based office.

Harry decided to donate his fee to Haven House. Harry began using Haven House in 2015 and has benefited from respite care and transitional support which has developed his independence and confidence. Over the years he has been able to have fun and pursue his passion for art enjoying trips to art exhibitions.

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive at Haven House, added: “Harry is a brilliant artist and this latest piece is personal, striking and beautiful. What I enjoy most is that you can almost feel his passion come through. It really captures his personality. We are immensely proud of him.”

To view Harry’s art please visit his website at www.harryluxtonart.wordpress.com