Tim and Judy Sharp
Tim Sharp is an internationally acclaimed 27 year old artist from Brisbane, most famously known for his creation of a superhero called Laser Beak Man. Tim has Autism, diagnosed when he was three years old, the doctor's advice was to "put him away and forget about him". Rejecting the prognosis, therapy began and bravely Tim tried to overcome what was so terrifying and difficult to him. After being told that Tim would never speak, drawing was used as a way to help him communicate. At age eleven Tim invented Laser Beak Man and has been drawing his superhero ever since. Tim’s joyful drawings involving his superhero, Laser Beak Man, have been exhibited around the world. From the Powerhouse in Brisbane to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, some of the world’s greatest galleries have showcased Tim and his amazing career.
Tim is the first person in the world with autism to have his art turned into an animated television series screening on the ABC and internationally though the Cartoon Network. There is an exhibition about Tim in the National Museum of Australia. His story has been told on the ABC's Australian Story. His art is sold to collectors from around the world. In 2012 Tim's collaboration with a young rock band from Nashville Tennessee inspired a music festival raising autism awareness to commence in Nashville. In 2014 Tim received a standing ovation after giving his TEDx talk to a capacity crowd at the Sydney Opera House. In June 2015 Laser Beak Man the stage production opened at the New Victory Theatre, Broadway, New York City. September 2017 Laser Beak Man the stage show made its Australian debut at Brisbane Festival to rave media reviews. Plans for the show to go national and global are in the pipeline, watch this space!
Laser Beak Man can be seen as an outward extension of Tim’s personality, with his refreshingly optimistic drawings offering a wonderful insight to his intellect and to his wicked sense of humour. Tim's story is full of many hurdles, moments of despair and incredible hard work but ultimately it's a story that’s moving, inspiring and triumphant.