Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood, is among several celebrities and artists to have painted works for a charity art sale with a mystery twist.
The rocker has contributed a piece to a vast collection of artwork – but bidders will not be told which of the 3,200 pieces is his.
Wood has contributed his work to Incognito 2022 – a sale that only discloses the identity of the artists once the auction closes. It is Ireland’s biggest online art sale, and it will be raising money for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, a charity that provides specialist home nursing care, respite support and end-of-life care for more than 400 children with highly complex medical and life-limiting conditions in communities across Ireland.
The Rolling Stone is not the only musician to have painted a piece for the fundraising auction. Andrea Corr and Samantha Mumba have also created pieces, along with fashion designer Paul Costelloe. Other mystery artists involved include Robert Ballagh, Maser, Helen Steele, and Una Sealy.
Costelloe, who is an ambassador for the foundation, said Incognito was a celebration of the richness of artistic talent in Ireland: “I truly think that the art in Incognito, and the level of quality, is incredible.”
“It is a richness way above the price. I don’t think people appreciate how much talent there is in Ireland when it comes to art. People say the Irish are writers, or poets, or filmmakers, but, in fact, the art world is very rich in Ireland.
“It needs to be encouraged a lot more. I don’t think people buy nearly enough original paintings or works for their homes. There are too many blank walls. Art brings a lifetime of enjoyment, as well as being a possible investment. You’ve got something for life, something to hand on to your children.”
Singer Samantha Mumba added that her love of art harks back to her school days. “It’s an absolute pleasure to be asked to be involved in Incognito and to support such an incredible cause in the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation,” she said.
“I’ve always loved art and the process of creating. Art was one of the very few classes I actually really, really, enjoyed in school. Nowadays, I definitely love doing it with my daughter for fun. I find it’s very relaxing as well.”
To find out more and view the pieces ahead of the auction, visit the Incognito website.