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Joshua Andrus

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States

The 32-year-old Grand Rapids resident was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of 6. While he developed language at age 4, his words were lost by the time he reached 20. He communicates by spelling out words on a letter board, which was how he first told his parents that he wanted to try his hand at painting. He often uses color metaphors in his writing, describing the sunrise as “early morning pink” and feelings of anger and frustration as “sick yellow.” Artist Shannon Harris notes that Josh has a natural ability to balance his paintings with bold strokes and vibrant colors.

Joshua's ArtPrize Entries

These are Joshua's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Pink Sunrise

    Pink Sunrise

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Joshua Andrus
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  • Photo of Colors of My Seasons

    Colors of My Seasons

    2015 ArtPrize Entry Joshua Andrus
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  • Photo of I Only Have Eyes for Blue

    I Only Have Eyes for Blue

    2011 ArtPrize Entry Joshua Andrus
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