Tim Sharp is 24 years old and has Autism. Autism is a lifelong condition that is without a cure. It severely affects everyday life and it cruelly impacts the most on the ability to communicate and form relationships.
Tim was diagnosed with Autism when he was three years old. Such were Tim’s enormous difficulties that the doctor's advice was "that the best thing to do was put him away and forget about him." Rejecting the prognosis, intensive therapy began immediately and bravely Tim tried to overcome what was so terrifying and difficult for him.
Drawing was used as a way of helping Tim to communicate. At age 11 Tim invented Laser Beak Man who allows Tim to show the world his great sense of humour and intelligence as well as his quirky way of looking at life.
At age 16 Tim was the only Australian selected by a jury in the young adult drawing category for the VSA (Very Special Arts) Festival in Washington DC. Founded 30 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith - sister of President John F. Kennedy - VSA is the largest art festival in the world for people with disabilities. Acceptance to the festival was an extraordinary achievement and the story of Tim's trip to Washington DC was told on the ABC's "Australian Story."
In 2012 a short film about Tim was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In August Tim travelled to Nashville Tennessee to meet friends and collaborators young rock band The Ghost Ballerinas, who put on a music festival The I am What I Am music festival inspired by their work with Tim, who created their album cover, the band also wrote the Laser Beak Man song available on itunes. The festival was to raise Autism awareness.
Brisbane landmark the William Jolly Bridge lit up with Tim's art for the entire month of April in 2012. Exhibiting at the Sydney Opera House and the National Museum of Australia as well as Washington DC and New York, Tim's colorful art is very much in demand from international and Australian art collectors. A finalist for the Young Australian of the Year, Tim has also received many awards and extensive Australian and international media coverage.
Now Tim has had another dream come true, as Laser Beak Man has his own 8 episode animated series screening on ABC3TV, Cartoon Network Asia, New Zealand and Australia, a world first for a young man with Autism to have his creation turned into a television series.
In 2013 the play Laser Beak Man will open at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Tim makes many public appearances to spread the message of ability and acceptance.Art allows Tim to enjoy some of things he wants most in life, acceptance and inclusion, an encouraging word, a happy smile and friendship. Tim is an internationally acclaimed artist most famous for Laser Beak Man but also for the hope and inspriation he brings to so many people from around the world.