Bobby Cat by Brian Ayling
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This is an original drawing by renowned artist Richard Nott. Donated by the artist himself, for our Celebrity Charity Sale, in partnership with The Wild at Heart Foundation. Training as a fashion designer at Kingston University, Nott began his career as a design assistant to Valentino in Rome, before returning to the UK to work as an independent designer. He went on to co-found the cult fashion company Workers for Freedom, which was the recipient of the British Council Fashion Designer of the Year Award in 1990. It was working in fashion that developed Nott's reverence for texture, shape and pattern, which has informed much of his work. His first exhibition was directly inspired by the clothing collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Kensington Palace Court Collection in London, as well as exhibitions in the Museé des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and the royal kaftans held in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul. Since then, his work has been shown around London, including at the Mall Galleries and Harrods. Over this time, his paintings have taken a more abstracted path. In a muted palette, with soft colours marbled in layers and metallic elements, as well as a strong presence of pattern, his recent works still retain the character of a long career in fashion. "I start with no preconceived concept, making a series of random marks, roughly applied in raw umber to the canvas. While considering these chance marks, a direction for composition becomes apparent and colours suggest themselves. Following these guidelines, and using only palette knives, I work over the surface until the composition feels complete." All proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated to the Foundation, helping to compassionately reduce the world's 600-million stray dog population.
We have teamed up with Nikki Tibbles, world-renowned florist and founder of the Wild at Heart Foundation to give you the chance to shop exclusive pieces donated by some of your favourite celebrities. All proceeds raised from the sale will be donated to the Wild at Heart Foundation, helping to compassionately reduce the world's 600-million stray dog population.
The #xupesxwahf celebrity charity sale is a curated collection of luxury designer items donated by a number of high profile public figures. Items included are a bespoke Ralph Lauren jacket that was made bespoke for model David Gandy to wear during the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, a Coach handbag worn by Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown during New York Fashion Week, and a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels worn and signed by Kate Moss.
"We are so proud to be supporting the Wild at Heart Foundation who do fantastic work highlighting the welfare of dogs around the world. WeÕre an office full of animal lovers, so we could not think of a better partnership, and have been big supporters of the charity since the beginning. The Wild at Heart Foundation is very close to home for us as we adopted our very own office dog, Martin, from them in early 2017."
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