The Hands of Genius | Documentary Idea
by site visitor
(West Midlands, England)
Known in the art world as "The Hands of Genius" for his miniature masterpieces. When described as the most talented artist in the world, alive today, he replies with, "Ridiculous! I'm just a thick Brummie."
Leaving school in 1960, without any qualifications and just a spirit level under his arm which he'd stolen from the school woodwork shop, Graham Short knew he had already failed on an epic scale.
His first job was as a mouse-catcher in a Birmingham factory. Six years later he started his own business and had the most enviable client list imaginable, including Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, The House of Commons, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Chanel, Yves St Laurent and gunmakers James Purdey & Sons.
After several national newspapers highlighted his ability to engrave The Lord's Prayer on the head of a gold pin, with lettering smaller than a red human blood cell, the demand for his work began to soar. His exhibitions now sell out within minutes!
His most astonishing nine-month project, 'Cutting Edge', shows the words "Nothing is Impossible" engraved along the sharp edge of a Wilkinson Sword razor blade.
He works at midnight to avoid vibration from passing traffic. His right arm is strapped to the bench, allowing only his fingertips to move. He takes tablets throughout the night to lower his heart-rate to 20 beats per minute - then using a stethoscope he monitors his heart and begins to engrave with very fine needles - between heartbeats! Every few months he attends a clinic and undertakes a course of botox injections around his eyes to keep the muscles and nerves rigid. At the age of 70 he swims 10,000 metres every day. His thinking is, "The fitter I am, the lower my resting heart rate."
His extreme way of working never ceases to amaze people! He is an obsessive - a one-off.