Hodgson’s paintings present an autistic view of the world

“Winter” is one of the paintings on display as part of the Rooftop Canvases show at the D.M. Hunt Library. The artist, John Hodgson, is an autistic man who learned to communicate through art. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

FALLS VILLAGE — John Hodgson’s Rooftop Canvases show at the D.M. Hunt Library is unusual.

Hodgson, 23, is autistic, and according to neurologist Barry Gordon, only began speaking “meaningfully” at age 14.

Gordon began working with John at age 8, and helped the boy’s parents, David and Laurie Hodgson of Falls Village and New York City, with a flexible, home-based approach.

Gordon, who has an autistic son as well, was effusive. He described what John and his art teacher do as being similar to a coach and athlete.

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