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A Welsh man who draws artwork in his sleep says experts are still baffled by his unique talent.

Lee Hadwin has no formal training or interest in art but has managed to produce about 200 portraits, nudes and abstract works while he sleeps.

The 37-year-old nurse told the BBC yesterday his creative episodes normally follow a night of heavy drinking.

But clinical tests by the Edinburgh Sleep Centre were unable even to determine what stage of sleep Mr Hadwin is in when the artistic impulse kicks in, he said.

"I wake up in the morning and whatever is at the side of my bed is there," he told the BBC.

Mr Hadwin, from the rural Welsh village of Henllan, said the nocturnal habit began at the age of four with scribbles on kitchen tables and developed into more intricate drawings and paintings from the age of around 15.

He said he has no memory of his sleepwalking art and cannot recreate his work when awake.

"Art has never interested me at all," he told the BBC.

The artistic bent sometimes can cause problems — like painting underneath his mother's stairs or cutting up his best pair of jeans — but when he puts brush or pen to paper, Mr Hadwin sells his artworks to collectors.

User comments
Interesting that he does this in the dark!I draw but I have to be able to see.Dont worry why or how.Just be greatful that the subconcious emerges in a constructive and creative way.Would love to see some of the drawings.
The human race has come so far and yet we still know nothing about dreams. Its the year 2011, we're building hotels in space and we've created the hadron collider, and yet after all these incredible technoogical advances we can't even expain REM sleep or why we dream. Surely there is something in all this, i mean im only 19 years old but even i can see that this man has an incredible latent talent, the fact that he has no artistic interests is astounding... woud love to see if they find anything in the near future please keep me posted

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