Dementia Research Centre


Art & FTD

We often hear anecdotal stories of people who develop an interest and aptitude for art subsequent to the onset of frontotemporal dementia. Several  people with FTD have provided examples of their art work.  We hope you find it of interest.

Dick Lingham

In 1992 Lyn Lingham noticed that her 57 year old husband Dick, when driving, did nothing to avoid oncoming cars; in company he told embarrassing stories. He was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia. Whilst empathy, tact and memory slip away, a glorious ability for painting has emerged.

In 2015, Dick is amongst few people  who are known to have lived for so long with a diagnosis of FTD. He still paints and attends a weekly art class which he enjoys.

Andrew Webber

Prior to his death these pieces are amongst many that Andrew produced.

John Pooley

After starting to go to Art Therapy sessions following his diagnosis of FTD, John also  started having art classes. ‘It really makes him concentrate and he loves it (having done nothing like it before).'

Pauline Bradley

At the time the paintings were submitted, Pauline loved art and crafts and they had been a ‘ life saver’ activity for her. She was attending an art lesson on a one to one basis once a week for 2 hours which was wonderful for her.   An accomplished artist, she had her tree picture exhibited at a local gallery. She has FTLD with cortico basal degeneration and suffers from speech problems and can exhibit quite childish behaviour.