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Noah Jones painting with his dad Nathan
Noah Jones painting with his dad Nathan Image credit: bbc.co.uk

When Noah started painting on pieces of cardboard during lockdown he probably didn’t expect the creative designs to attract global coverage.

The 12-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and epilepsy first took out his paintbrush in April.

He posted the art on Instagram asking artists to finish the work, he was “overwhelmed” when more than 250 people from all over the world stepped up to the challenge.

His Dad, Nathan Jones, told the BBC: "Noah loves painting. He has a real eye for colour and has created all the backgrounds himself.

"Every time we get a new painting in the post, Noah has the exciting task of opening it up to see what that artist has created. It has certainly kept him busy and very happy."

Noah. Who lives in Dedham, Essex, received completed artwork from artists living in the UK, US, France, Italy, Germany, Columbia, Spain and Australia.

The pictures have now been compiled for a book, titled Background Bob, to raise money for the Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity, with the original artwork set to be auctioned off next year.

Noah’s talents impressed artist Nathan Murdoch who designed a mural of the young painter which is displayed in an underpass in Peterborough facing his legendry portrait of late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint.

Mr Jones said it was the family’s way thanking the doctors who have been a “huge part” of Noah’s life.

Raffaella Bertolini and Leanne Conroy artwork for Noah's project

Artists Fark and AB's pieces of work for Noah

More information about the Background Bob book can be found on Noah’s Instagram account.