Sunday, April 01, 2012

UpwithArt - Supporting the Unity Project

UpwithArt is a great event to support the Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London. It's a fundraiser where you can bid on works from renowned, emerging, and Unity Project artists. It's going to be a really fun evening and I can't say enough good things about the Unity Project - they are a simply fantastic organization that has a huge impact on our local community.

Plus the artist roster is just stellar including Kelly Wallace, Jamelie Hassan, Larry Towell, Jason McLean, Jaime Q Ron Benner, Wyn Geleynse, Billy Bert Young, Marc Bell, Kim Moodie and me!

I did an original piece for the show - it's bigger and more colourful than my usual work. It's inspired by a photo that Rosie took recently on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. When faced with something like this - where I want to do something gorgeous that'll appeal to a wide audience so that'll sell and make some money for the cause, I tend to fall back on advice from Jack Chambers that my uncle John passed on to me.

"When in doubt, paint flowers. Everyone always likes flowers." 

So that's what I did. Here's my piece below. It's in oil pastels, is 22.5 x 16.5 and is fully framed by the good folks at Strand Fine Arts. Bidding starts at $75.00.

Most of the bidding will take place in person at the event. So come out, have fun, support a good cause and pick up some great artwork at some affordable prices! To see all the work, bid online, and to buy your tickets, go here:

Recent Coverage
I was asked to be the artist representative for the show,and because of this ended up doing a bunch of media interviews. Here's a few that also give some good background on the show as well as the Unity Project.
>> Up with Art for Unity - London Community News
>> UpwithArt Ups the Ante to Combat Homelessness - Metro
>> Unity Through Art - The Londoner

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