Minerva Hussain with his award-winning work.Minerva Hussain with his award-winning work.
  • Minerva Hussain with his award-winning work.
  • A close-up shot of the detail Minerva put into his Chester Zoo piece with the monorail, safari truck and a host of animals cheekily peeping from behind the shrubs and trees in their enclosures.
  • Minerva created this textured representation of Tutankhamun when studying at Mid Cheshire College.

A DEAF artist has been commended for his intricate work based on Chester Zoo – made all the more remarkable because he has been blind since he was a teenager.
Minerva Hussain has Usher syndrome, which started to affect his sight when he was 18, gradually getting worse until he was left with just peripheral vision.
But the 44-year-old uses photographs, a magnifying glass and his memory to create vivid, incredibly detailed and tactile work that the viewer can see with their fingers as well as their eyes.
His Chester Zoo collage is full of different animals hiding and peeping from behind thick paper foliage and stiff cardboard fences, the enclosures are covered in glassy plastic, and he has included safari trucks, a ticket office and the zoo’s much-loved monorail.
“It was hard work, especially with my sight, to do everything myself,” he said.
“I cut out everything – there was a lot of sweat involved when I was sat down cutting things out and I had to make sure there was plenty of light so I could see everything.
“It took five weeks to do.”
Read the full article and view the video at Northwich Guardian