A solo art exhibition “Jist John” by new artist John Sangster will be on show at The Studio, Monymusk this weekend. John was inspired to start painting after being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia and strives to live well with dementia.

John started painting with Margaret Delday, an artist based at The Studio Monymusk after being diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. He has gradually lost his ability to read and write but can still paint and has been helped by all the artists at The Studio. 

Jackie Cumberbirch, John’s wife, said: “The regular painting sessions in the calm, encouraging atmosphere of The Studio has benefited John greatly. John has been involved in all aspects of putting this exhibition together”.

John said: “Painting is freedom! Painting is fun! When I am painting, I really get to express myself. My work is based on my imagination, and it is only when the piece of work is completed that I get the final enjoyment of naming it. I have benefited from having this goal with support from my friends.”

John has lewby body dementia and paints

John's exhibition will run from Saturday 21 October to Saturday 28 October at The Studio, 14 The Square, Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7HJ. Daily opening times are 10.30-3pm. All are welcome to come along – there is no charge for entry. All proceeds from John’s exhibition will go to Alzheimer Scotland.