The world of art has stood up with initiatives intended to raise funds for this health crisis and to spread hope and optimism. It’s the case of a group of famous British artists. Damien Hirst, Quentin Blake and Gilbert & George have created a series of works whose aim is to color these grey days rife with anxiety. Former leader of YBA (Young British Artists) group has realized the “Butterfly Rainbow”, namely a rainbow made up of bands of colored butterfly wings, one of the artist’s best-known motifs. Damien Hirst said:
“I wanted to do something to pay tribute to the wonderful work NHS staff is doing in hospitals around the country. The rainbow is a sign of hope and I think it is brilliant that parents and children are creating their own version and putting them up in the windows of their homes.”
For anyone who wishes it, the artwork can be downloaded from the official website of the artist. Moreover, a limited edition of the work, personally supervised by Hirst, will be sold with all profits donated to the NHS. Illustration legend Sir Quentin Blake has also drawn inspiration from the rainbow colors to create his project. It’s about a number of e-cards that people can send to anyone they would like to, but also print and hang. Blake’s artworks have been published on the British public gallery website of the House of Illustration, founded by Blake himself in 2014 and are available at this address: https://www.quentinblake.com/fun-free/send-quentin-blake-e-card
Last but not least, Gilbert & George, have given their contribution by creating 3 posters with different inscriptions: “Gilbert & George say don’t catch it”, “Gilbert & George say don’t get it” and “Gilbert & George say don’t spread it”. Prints are available free of charge on the website of artist Sam Harris (https://www.theonlineartshow.co.uk) where you can either download or purchase online a variety of other artworks.
Above: “Butterfly Rainbow” by Damien Hirst