Artist with Alzheimer's Draws Self Portraits for 5 Years until He Can Barely Remember What He Looks Like

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The self drawn portraits of british based artist William Utermohlen offer a fascinating yet saddening insight into the mind of an Alzheimer's patient. Before Utermohlen passed away in 2007 he created this touching series of self portraits over a 5-year period.

What the self portraits show is the gradual decay of his mind and the powerful crippling effects that Alzheimer's has. As the artist's widow Patricia explains why these images are so powerful; “In these pictures we see with heart-breaking intensity William’s efforts to explain his altered self, his fears and his sadness.”

It's sad to see the gradual change throughout this series of portraits, with his fading memory of what his own face once looked like and his artistic talent slowly going.

More info: www.williamutermohlen.org

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