Painting Bright Futures
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About the Event
A never-before-seen portrait of Stormzy will be unveiled at a London art auction aimed at raising funds for schoolchildren impacted by the pandemic in Fulham, south west London. A print of the iconic artwork will be sold to the highest bidder. The image is the result of a one-off intimate collaboration with the celebrated artist Metin Salih, whose work ranges from celebrated images of Hollywood stars to partnerships with leading ad agencies which has resulted in official Star Wars posters and Kellogg’s cereal packets.
He said: “This is the result of an extraordinary meeting with Stormzy. In this unique piece of art, my aim was to encapsulate the pressures he faces as a young man. His meteoric rise to fame has seen him chased by adorning fans worldwide. It’s a snapshot of his life to date and I would love to think that someone could bid for the one-off print it in order to give something back to society but also to be inspired by his story. The original portrait will be gifted back to Stormzy himself.”
Business owners in Parsons Green, south west London, have joined forces to organise the art auction called Painting Brighter Futures which will feature more of Salih’s works in a bid to raise funds for local schoolchildren impacted by the pandemic. Coffee company Naive, design and build firm Pascal Huser and boutique fitness studio Transition Zone will host the event on 8 October 2021 at St Dionis Church, Parsons Green.
All monies raised with be donated to The Fulham Boys School and Lady Margaret’s School art departments. Naive owner Mustafa Kondoz, who opened his business during the December 2020 lockdown, said he wanted to give something back to a community which has supported him wholeheartedly. In particular, he he was impressed by the dedication of schoolteachers who did not receive the same acclaim as their NHS counterparts.
“Local school teachers continued to provide a lifeline for their pupils throughout the pandemic and some told us stories about children who were using art to deal with difficult feelings of isolation. Painting Brighter Futures will hopefully help them to keep accessing this resource going forward.” Head of Art & Design at Fulham Boys School Joe Brasse said: “Art allows our boys to examine what it means to be human, to voice and express, and to bring people and ides together. For many of our boys, art has become a respite or a form of escapism amid the pandemic. The funds from this auction will provide opportunities to explore bespoke practices and improve the departments offering of specialist equipment.”