Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Teenage Cancer Trust Auction - The bids are coming in thick and fast...

In aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, ITC is auctioning off a painting of In The City co-founder Tony Wilson – commissioned from acclaimed artist Sid Maurer by ITC 2008 host Andrew Loog Oldham.

Combining art and music is a way of life for American artist Sid Maurer who began his career as an assistant art director for Columbia Records when he was only 17 years old. Sid got his first break during the ‘50s when he was commissioned by the head of Epic Records to design all the album covers for the label. The burgeoning music industry in New York was the place to be for anyone with a creative instinct and Sid found himself working alongside another up and coming freelance artist named Andy Warhol.

At weekends, Sid would play trumpet in local jazz clubs but as more work came his way, he expanded his commercial art studio to tackle a wide range of projects for both the music and film industry. Developing his own style of painting, Sid gained greater recognition throughout the ‘60s and his work adorned album covers, poster designs and he was even involved in a film for Warner Brothers. During that period, his paintings began to appear in galleries across the world and over the past 60 years he’s developed an esteemed catalogue of work that ranges from sport to music to culture.

His distinctive approach involves creating large mixed media pieces that combine bold, dynamic colours with the typographical eye of a graphic designer. Sid has had commissions from ESPN and MotorSport America magazine as well as David Bowie, Boy George and his old friend, Donovan.

Originally to be auctioned off during ITC itself, due to great demand Sid’s exclusive portrait of Tony Wilson will now be auctioned off in a slient auction via email by In The City to the highest bidder.

To enter simply send your bid to tct@inthecity.co.uk. The auction will close on Friday 31st October, with winners notified on Monday 3rd November.

All proceeds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

In addition, Sid has produced limited prints of the Wilson Painting – these are available by contacting ITC on the above email address and cost £100, with a percentage of the proceeds again going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Don’t forget In The City have also announced that the In The City Unsigned 2008 album is now available to download from iTunes.

The album is free to all In The City delegates or just £4.74 to others. The album contains a bumper 45 tracks from all of the acts appearing at In The City Unsigned 2008.

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