A.J. is an illustrator, artist, and young man with autism. He has been a long time member of Access Gallery and is one of our most prolific and mobile artists. It is not unusual for A.J. to travel 20 or more miles in a day. He seems to intuitively know bus routes, has a fascination with trains and will stop whatever he is doing when a large truck rolls by. A.J. creates wonderful characters from his imagination and his exploits around Denver. Over the years, A.J. has developed a signature character we lovingly call “Light Bulb Head Dude.” His recent work has taken this character to new heights, in terms of both size and scale.A.J.‘s work has exhibited in many galleries in the Art District on Santa Fe. In 2013, he received an Award of Excellence in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America’s annual Emerging Young Artists Program competition. In 2017, A.J. and his illustrated world were featured in a short film accepted into the Palm Springs International Animation Festival.

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