The largest Art on a Postcard Winter Auction to date will take place this November, in celebration of twenty years of The Hepatitis C Trust. This marks the seventh edition of the Art on a Postcard auction and culminates their celebration of twenty successful years raising awareness for the illness, supporting those living with it and taking key steps towards its eradication. For this edition 250 artists, including Mick Rooney, Patrick Hughes, Susie Hamilton and Hurvin Anderson, havecreated approximately 550 unique, mini postcard masterpieces. The Art on a Postcard auction is an essential and innovative fundraising tool, forming a key pillar of The Hepatitis C Trust’s annual operations.
This auction sees the return of Art on a Postcard’s loyal contributors including Royal Academician Mick Rooney,whose imaginative story paintings explore inner mythologies, neurosis, dreams and the secrets of modern society. His commissioned works include a wall mosaic for a new Basilica in Nazareth, Israel and a painting in honour of The Financial Times centenary in 1988.
Also returning to the line-up is inventor of ‘reverspective’ and world-renowned painter of rainbows, Patrick Hughes who will create a mini work fusing pop-art and his complex investigations into the psychological of perception. British painter Susie Hamilton will also create a work for the auction. She paints expressive pieces showing obscured figures in space, she has explored quotidian settings such as shops, casinos, parks, and streets. Her recent work includes emotive depictions of coronavirus wards during the pandemic, with hazy and hallucinatory brushwork making them appear both startling real and imaginary at once.
For this exciting edition, new artists have joined the auction including Hurvin Anderson, Petra Schott and Lisbeth Mitty.Hurvin Andersonis a painter born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents; his vibrant works utilise the genres of still-life, landscape, and portraiture to explore representations of community and identity. He uses layered paintings and prints to touch upon his Jamaican heritage and the places, and spaces that are central to his communities.
German painter Petra Schottcreates semi-abstracted colourscapes which aim to bring viewers back to internal and existential questions plus Sheffield based artist Ryan Moselywhose narrative style of painting was including in The Whitechapel’s show Painting in the New Millennium. New York based painter Lizbeth Mitty’s body of work — described by New York Times critic Ken Johnson as a combination of “painterly verve and hellish beauty” — has long been concerned with examining and amplifying the intrinsic abstract beauty of deteriorating or overlooked corners of urban architecture and interiors. These artists, among many others, will each create a handmade, postcard scale mini-masterpiece for auction, with all proceeds going to The Hepatitis C Trust.
Gemma Peppé, founder and director of Art on a Postcard, comments: “This year’s auction is so full of exceptional little works; it feels like there is an unconventional theme which has come together on its own which is perfect for a celebration of The Hepatitis C Trust’s 20 years. The Trust stands alone in its glorious, idiosyncratic unconventionality, we have never followed a formula or rules and many of us hadn’t worked in an office when we started but we’ve done so well to get where we are now.” In its twenty years of operation, The Hepatitis C Trust has made an incredible difference to the lives of those living with this disease.
Due to the Trust’s work, the illness has been lifted from obscurity; when they began their vital work there was almost no public information surrounding Hepatitis C, currently the disease is much more widely understood, sufferers are receiving more effective treatment and support, and large steps are being taken towards eradicate the disease. Art on a Postcard is an example of The Trust’s innovative approach to charity work and is an essential fundraising tool for The Trust.