With Art in Mind Exhibition
A powerful exhibition, With Art in Mind, runs until Nov 30th, 2017
With Art in Mind saw Artists who have dealt with mental health and some great Artists that are no longer with us, exhibit and sell works, raising funds for The Mental Health Foundation.
It featured work by iconic artists like Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol.
The show featured contemporary artists who have all experienced mental health issues, with many creating exclusive pieces. These included:
Kim Noble, the artist with 21 personalities who shot to fame after her Oprah Winfrey interview. Her alter-egos include Judy the teenage bulimic, devout Catholic Salamon and gay Ken. Her celebrated art is wildly diverse and poignant, as a result of this Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Charley and Eddie Proudfoot, (featured image) reclusive brothers from New York, who are wary of outsiders; have had spells in psychiatric hospitals and use art as their therapy following troubled childhoods and as a means of communicating with the outside world. Local Lower East Side residents leave them old posters, magazines and adverts, which become their canvases. They always blank the faces out in their pieces, but won’t be drawn on why.
Here is a link to an interview with Huck Magazine by Eddie & Charley Proudfoot
Former Ultravox and Duran Duran guitarist, Gerry Laffy who is now an acclaimed mixed-media artist.
Psychologist and artist Lee Du Plooy, who paints the patients and people he had met over the past three decades, who have suffered from mental health issues.
Mason Storm, the mysterious and anonymous artist who wears an embellished mask and creates controversial paintings, often in the style of Old Masters.
Zebra One Gallery’s Gabrielle Du Plooy said: “This was such an important time for everyone to be involved with supporting mental health and to be able to raise awareness in such a positive way showing how art can be more than a means of support was fantastic. A percentage of sales from these pieces will go to the amazing Mental Health Foundation. They have been successfully running their own art programme for ten years, demonstrating the importance of art to understand, protect and sustain good mental health.”
Megan Ruddlesden, Events & Community Fundraising Manager at the Mental Health Foundation:
“The arts are an incredibly powerful way to talk about mental health – to share experiences, tell stories, reduce stigma, and change minds. “If you can turn a set of challenging and often distressing symptoms into a relatable human story, you can have a huge impact personally, culturally and sometimes politically,we’re so excited about the Mental Health Show art exhibition with Zebra One Gallery, which further highlighted the invaluable link between mental health and art.”
The ‘With Art in Mind Exhibition’ runs until November 30th
Here is a CNN news press link from the show
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