Rare Ed Sheeran painting added to charity auction
A rare painting by global singing superstar Ed Sheeran has been added to the lots in a glitzy Suffolk charity auction.
Bidders have been rushing to secure some of the unique prizes on offer in the major charity online auction – despite still having more than a week to place their bids.
It's the first and only time the multi-award winning Suffolk star has made one of his paintings available to the public for sale.
The colourful abstract painting, Dab 22020, is now open for bids.
Ed started painting in Suffolk after his global Divide Tour ended in Summer 2019. The vibrant artwork, created from house paints on a large square canvas, is framed, measures 128 x 128cm, and is one of more than 200 lots featured in the Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk Legacy Auction.
The auction will support children, teenagers and young people across East Anglia with disabilities, life-limiting illness and cancer.
“Ed has been creating art since he was a child,” said his father John. “This energetic, expressive painting is such a positive affirmation of life.It’s like a visual equivalent of one of his upbeat songs.”
Dab 22020 is featured alongside artworks by acclaimed visual artists, including Damien Hirst, who has donated Patience2019 a signed, limited edition print, inspired by the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly.
Ed created the spin paintings for his Divide album cover at Damien Hirst’s studios in 2016. Other leading artists, photographers, sculptors who have also donated works include Colin Davidson, Brian Eno, Laurence Edwards, Sean Hedges-Quinn, Ralph Larmann, Mark Surridge, and Aubrey Powell (who with Storm Thorgerson has created Pink Floyd’s visuals since 1968).
The auction alsofeatures more than 200 highly collectable items of memorabilia and unique experiences, donated by a host of international names from the worlds of music, film, sport and literature including Snow Patrol, Anne-Marie, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Richard Curtis, Peter Jackson, Shane Warne, David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Frankie Dettori and David Walliams.
Working closely with John and Imogen Sheeran, Ed’s parents, the Legacy Auction has been organised by Gina Long, founder of children’s charity GeeWizz and the auction’s co-beneficiary Zest, part of the St Elizabeth Hospice.
“The generosity from around the globe has been incredible, especially at a time when we are all facingsuch challenges and uncertainty.” said Mrs Long.“But it is in this very different world that the pressing need to support children with special educational needs, high dependency disabilities, progressive or life-limiting illness and cancer could not be greater.”
GeeWizz is hosting the auction and the charity, based in Fornham St Martin, will share the proceeds with Zest, a part of the St Elizabeth Hospice family that serves teenagers and young adults.
GeeWizz will use its share to build a much-needed playground at a school for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Zest, which looks after young people from a wide area of the county, is looking to employ crucial specialist nurses and develop outreach services.
To view the full collection of over 200 extraordinary lots and to register to bid until Sunday visit www.edsheeranmadeinsuffolklegacyauction.com