Katy Jade Dobson goes live this weekend on eBay in bid to raise funds for heart charity
Popular Lincoln-based artist (with worldwide acclaim) Katy Jade Dobson will once again be showing her support for the charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), as she launches a unique online auction of the palette and paintbrush (pictured above) that she used to create her acclaimed 2016 ‘21 Grams’ collection – now seen as potentially her most important and successful body of works to date.
Katy Jade Dobson (a self-taught oil painter, originally from Yorkshire but who stayed in Lincoln after completing her studies at the city’s university) has developed a vast following for her work – with a current waiting list of over 8 months for new commissions (generally sold for between £5,000–10,000).
Well known on social media, Katy has developed a striking and individual style in creating oil paintings using vivid colours and often portraying wildlife, animals and nature scenes. Her works have been exhibited in 80 galleries in the UK alone, with regular appearances in the likes of Vogue and GQ magazine and several sell-out solo national shows.
Katy was first made aware of CRY following a private commission for a portrait by a family who lost their child to a cardiac condition. She was so moved by their story that she wanted to give something back to the charity, leading to the creation of this float frame work – which is undoubtedly a work of art in its own right.
The paintbrush has been signed by Katy and also comes with an original certificate of authenticity and letter of provenance from her publishers (Wishbone Publishing Ltd). It will be an incredibly rare opportunity for a Katy Jade Dobson collector to add such an exclusive piece to their collection.
Katy says; “It should never be the case that a child or anyone should lose their life so suddenly over something that could potentially be diagnosed earlier on. CRY’s incredible efforts towards reducing young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) with their research, raising awareness and prevention efforts in this field are lifesaving. The care and facilities to aid families affected by YSCD will continue to help so many people who desperately need it. To hopefully contribute towards CRY’s wonderful work means a great deal to me. I have so much admiration for their relentless efforts from making screening accessible to organising Bereavement Support Days. I am immensely proud to be working with CRY towards this cause.”
Every week in the UK, around 12 young people (that is, aged 35 and under) die suddenly from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. 80% of these deaths will occur with no prior symptoms – which is why CRY is so committed to the importance of specialist, cardiac screening. Indeed, CRY’s pioneering screening programme now tests around 23,000 young people (aged 14–35) every year in the UK.
CRY also funds pioneering research into the conditions that can cause young sudden cardiac death as well as providing a unique bereavement support network for all families who have been affected.
Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of CRY, adds: “It’s amazing that Katy has once again offered us a truly unique auction item in aid of CRY. It captured the imagination of our supporters – as well as Katy’s existing followers – in 2015 so I hope we’ll generate even greater interest 12 months on! On behalf of CRY, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Katy for helping to raise funds for us through such an innovative auction – and allowing us to benefit from her great talent.”
The eBay auction will begin on 26th August at 8pm and will end on Monday 5th September.