Charlie Paganin: art for a cause

Fetching the highest bid for his chair for a cause that’s close to home, Charlie Paganin proves that determination and doing what one enjoys brings success.

Celebrating this year’s 60th anniversary of Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair for Fritz Hansen, Mobilia – in conjunction with Janet Holmes à Court – invited nine West Australian artists to add their artistic touch to the iconic chair.

Artists included Amok Island, Eveline Kotai, Joanna Lamb, Rod Garlett, Chrissie Hogan, Trevor Richards, Penny Bovell, George Howlett, and Charlie Paganin – an artist on the Autism Spectrum.

In an evening filled with excitement and adrenaline all nine chairs were auctioned off at Exhibition 7 in Perth, as part of The Design Circus, with money raised for local charity Autism West.

The highest bid at an impressive $10,000 was for Charlie’s chair, which featured a number of colourful music notes and messages.

“I love to draw spots and colour them in so no white is showing,” Charlie said. “I feel happy and relaxed when I draw these.”

While gaining many fans through his work and his loveable personality, Charlie’s parents are his number one supporters.

“By our son Charlie being part of the exhibition and speaking on the night, it enabled people to actually see and hear what is possible for people on the Autism Spectrum if they are given the opportunity,” says Andrea Paganin, Charlie’s mother.

“My husband and I have been involved with Autism West since it began in 2004, and we celebrate and nurture the strengths and interests of people with autism so that they have the chance of living a fulfilling and productive life.”

Having recently finished school, and with the support of an educational assistant, Charlie was able to complete the Year 11 Visual Arts 1AB Course.

“This was a huge accomplishment for Charlie, and we are very proud of all the work he has put into his portfolio,” Andrea said.

“He is hoping to continue his art next year at TAFE or DADAA (Disability in the arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia), one day a week.”


Autism West