A.J. is an illustrator, artist, and young man with autism. He has been a long time member of Access Gallery and is one of our most prolific and mobile artists. It is not unusual for A.J. to travel 20 or more miles in a day. He seems to intuitively know bus routes, has a fascination with trains and will stop whatever he is doing when a large truck rolls by. A.J. creates wonderful characters from his imagination and his exploits around Denver. Over the years, A.J. has developed a signature character we lovingly call “Light Bulb Head Dude.” His recent work has taken this character to new heights, in terms of both size and scale.
A.J.‘s work has exhibited in many galleries in the Art District on Santa Fe. In 2013, he received an Award of Excellence in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America’s annual Emerging Young Artists Program competition. In 2017, A.J. and his illustrated world were featured in a short film accepted into the Palm Springs International Animation Festival.
Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational, and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience and benefit from the arts. Located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, it features innovative exhibits that utilize nontraditional materials and methods to create art that is accessible and affordable for all. Access Gallery provides year-long programming including ArtWorks that brings economic opportunity to young adult artists with disabilities, Community Workshops that bring artistic exploration to underserved populations, and Access Education that teaches inclusive practices to our greater arts community.
ArtWorks artists can be commissioned to create a variety of original works.