The auction starts on Wednesday 29th March at 6pm (BST), 'Send Nudes' is lot 174 so will be on shortly after. This auction will take place at Dray Walk Gallery, Ely's Yard, 15 Hanbury street, E1 6QR, you can watch it in person however, if you can't, don't worry as you can still watch the auction digitally and place a bid online!
AUCTION STUNT #2
'SEND NUDES', 2023
Original Artwork on Canvas
Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000
24 hours in a white box, eating, sleeping, peeing and painting on live stream in the name of art
You may remember my first ever live auction, where I sold a completely blank canvas for £10,000. The winner of the piece won a commission of whatever they would like me to paint, I closed my commissions a couple of years ago now so this was pretty big. The collector who won the auction, actually purchased the piece as a gift for his wife and she chose to commission a nude of herself, here's a recent update of the piece!
This time we're taking it further! On Tuesday 28th March at 6pm (BST) I will enter a white box for 24 hours. All I'll have is a £4 blow up bed, a canvas, oil paints, brushes and a chemical toilet. My aim is to paint a 48"x60" nude original on canvas, I will complete the final stroke of the painting when the hammer hits on Wednesday 29th March at 6pm (BST). The entire thing will be live streamed via Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and our website so you can watch me eat, sleep, pee and paint for an entire day in the name of art.
This concept was inspired by my stay in hotel quarantine when I returned back to Sydney from London around a year and a half ago. I spent 2 weeks locked in a hotel room and created an entire artwork collection. Painting was the only thing that kept me going. The quarantine was one of the most challenging experiences of my life so far but I'm a true believer that when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, magic happens.
Auction Stunt No.2 was also influenced by Artist, Marina Abramović and how she uses performance based art to spread awareness about important world events and Illusionist, David Blaine since 'Above the Below' where he commenced a 44-day fast in 2003, inside a box suspended 30 feet in the air above the River Thames in London.
The finished piece will be a Sophie Tea nude. I hope that painting the nude figure live, across multiple social media platforms, will serve as a commentary on the policies of social media platforms regarding sexual content. These guidelines constantly restrict art, expression and creativity even when the content is not explicitly sexual in nature. Recently Meta has discussed lifting Facebook and Instagram's nudity bans which is an amazing start.
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