Will Hazzard is a 20 year old autistic artist. He had a love of art from a young age, but art became a form of therapy with his autism diagnosis at age 9. Influenced by Buddhist philosophies, his work aims for a connection with animals, the environment, and the Wiradjuri land he grew up on.
His work is often inspired by personal encounters with nature (lizards, kangaroos, cockatoos etc) and his paintings represent life cycles and a spiritual connection with the earth.
He has developed his own unique style and his work often features built up layers of paint and is meant to be tactile as he wants his art to ‘touch’ people. He has started experimenting with graphic design elements as well as a unique collage technique, that he calls “painting with paper”.
He has won numerous art and design competitions including Upstart (Cowra), Operation Art, Coles Community Shopping Bag, and the Brett Whiteley Award. Despite his young age, he has already had solo exhibitions at Charles Sturt University (Dubbo), Dundullimal Homestead (Dubbo), Gang Gang Gallery (Lithgow) and Lithgow Library. His work has twice been exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW.