collaboration – aili brenton




Aili has always been a keen painter and artist. She’s a free styler and has never been into colouring between the lines. She uses arylics, oil pastels, collage, and coloured pencils.

Aili has down syndrome and as such communicates with the world in a way that isn’t defined or constrained and naturally lends itself to abstract art. Her motto is, you don’t get me? Oh well you’ll have to keep trying.

She’s developed her own form of written communication using letters and these feature in the collaborative works. Aili also contributes to the collaborations with, colouring, collage elements, oil pastel outlines and dynamic figures. In this way the collaboration amplifies the primitivist-life of its own effect.

She’s obsessive about Dogs, Dr Who, X-Men, Swimming, and spending time with her father Mark.

Aili is Shea’s 15 year old Step daughter. Aili and Shea began collaborating with a purpose in 2013 working on a series of works together.

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” (Pablo Picasso)

“Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in their having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age.” (Paul Klee)

Aili for Blog


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