The Young and the Giving
Art auctions are arguably the most exciting and most disgusting part of the art world today. Rising prices, unregulated market speculations, blue chip investments and historical rip-offs…art auctions got it all, which is why we like to focus on the social and community driven artists’ side of the art world.
But there is always exceptions to rules, however unregulated, and even commercially oriented enterprises embrace charity events. One of those occasions is today’s Dreweatts’ Urban Contemporary art sale in London. The do-gooder is the interesting Liam Patel.
“Liam has been collecting Urban Art since he was only 12 years old. Now at the ripe age of 15 he has brought together an extraordinary group of 25 cutting-edge lots to be sold at Dreweatts’ Urban Contemporary sale on Wednesday 6th April, to raise money for the Haven House Children’s Hospice.
“Unable to do physical charity work for his Duke of Edinburgh Award because he had a broken arm and shoulder, Liam decided to ask some of his favorite artists to donate their work to raise £10,000 for the Children’s Hospice, which offers vital support to children with life-limiting conditions and their parents. Liam then approached Dreweatts to host the sale in their central London branch and they were only too happy to help by offering the venue, and any extra expertise.
“‘I came up with the idea to curate an Urban Art charity auction as the Haven House Children’s Hospice needs to raise around £2m each year to provide fantastic support for children and their families. Even though I won’t be able to raise that amount, every little helps.’ The group to be sold for the charity includes works by the likes of Matt Small, Schoony, Handiedan, Mantis, Nick Gentry, Herakut and Arkiv Vilmansa all of whom were delighted to be able to help by donating the proceeds of their pictures.”
Other artists on sale today will include Banksy, Blade, Cope 2, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper and the first map by Taki 183. Confusing as the genre of Urban Contemporary might be artists like Lucien Freud, Russel Young and Damien Hirst found their way into this auction as well. But let’s not dwell on the details and celebrate this young promising art collector. You go Liam!
All pictures by courtesy of Dreweatts.