A quick word from Tim Sharp
I love drawing Laser Beak Man. I was born to make my art. It is a dream come true that Laser Beak Man is on TV and has his own animated series and a theatre show! I love being an artist. I get to travel a lot with my art, New York, London, Tennessee, Chicago, Athens, lots of places and I have done a lot of things at the Sydney Opera House, my favourite building in the world. I have made a lot of friends through my art. The thing I want most in life is to be happy. You have to try hard in life. You have to make the best life you can. Believe in your dreams and walk the road to happiness.
Tim was born on the 9th May 1988
Tim was diagnosed with Autism when he was three years old. His difficulties with life around him were so severe that the Doctor’s advice was that the best thing to do was put him away and forget about him. It was predicted that Tim would never speak, go to school or have any quality of life. Rejecting the prognosis, intensive therapy began immediately and bravely Tim tried to overcome what was so terrifying and difficult for him.
From age four drawing was used as a way of helping Tim to communicate. Art was something Tim took to immediately. Tim did learn to speak .
For more information about autism see Autism Awareness Australia https://www.autismawareness.com.au/could-it-be-autism/understanding-autism/
At age 11 Tim created Laser Beak Man, the superhero he always wanted. Showing the world his sense humour and unique way of looking at life. Tim works in crayons, pens and pencil and twenty years later continues to draw his happy superhero every day.
At 16 years of age Tim was the only Australia selected by a jury for the world’s largest arts festival for people with a disability in Washington DC.
Tim’s first Australian exhibition was held in Brisbane. It was opened by then Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce
Tim’s Art exhibited at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room.
Tim was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year recognizing his achievements and his work for autism awareness
Laser Beak Man the animated TV series airs on ABC TV and later Cartoon network Australia New Zealand and Asia. Making Tim the first person in the world with autism to have his art turned into an animated TV series.
Tim is a speaker at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. He received a standing ovation to a capacity audience in the Concert Hall.
Tim presents his art and workshops at Sydney Opera House and Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art
The book about Tim’s life “A Double Shot of Happiness” becomes a best seller. Published by Allen & Unwin
New York City to work on the play of Laser Beak Man at the New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street Broadway
A short film about Tim is screened in the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
Finalist for Australia’s breakthrough Speaker of the year
Tim is a speaker for World Autism awareness day at the Sydney Opera House
“The Helpmanns” Australian Theatre awards. Laser Beak Man is nominated for four awards, best play, best new Australian work, best original score and best set design.
April, a video of Tim touring the Sydney Opera House is released for World Autism Awareness Day.
Australian national theatre tour of the five star awarded Laser Beak Man. Seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne and QPAC Brisbane, HOTA Gold Coast and Cairns Art Centre. Produced by Internationally renowned theatre company Dead Puppet Society.
11th May The ABC’s Australian Story screens their story about Tim.
Tim’s many gallery and private exhibitions sell out. He has had 12 exhibitions. His art hangs and is collected by enthusiasts from around the world. The list for commissions is long.