A DOZEN wooden eggs, stunningly decorated by 12 contemporary British artists are to be auctioned at the end of this month. British-based art gallery and online retailer, CultureLabel has teamed up with The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) to launch The Egg Masterpiece Auction in order to raise funds and awareness for the plight of battery hens. The sale of each artist-designed egg will contribute towards establishing a new BHWT Welfare and Education Centre in Devon. The Trust’s founder, Jane Howorth MBE said, “We are blown away by Culture Label’s offer to raise money for us by auctioning off what we’re sure will be incredible, unique pieces of art.”
Since 2005, BHWT has rescued and rehabilitated over 500,000 commercial laying hens. Jane Howorth initiated the Charity after watching a BBC Panorama documentary, in 1977 which highlighted the dire conditions within battery cages. Public interest in the concerns surrounding battery farming grew after BHWT featured in the Channel Four programme, Jamie’s Fowl Dinners and the BBC documentary, The Private Life of Chickens.
Either quasi-religious, stippled with paint or doodled to perfection, Egg Masterpieces have proved to be wonderfully original. Some artists certainly travel that extra mile for their inspiration, like Mark Adlington who journeyed to the Arctic in search of polar bears.
Egg decorating is certainly tricky, even for an Egg Masterpiece expert, as London-based artist Steven Quinn explains,“I think I somewhat underestimated the geometry involved but I got there in the end!”
Street artist, David Shillinglaw experimented with various ideas but settled eventually for one of his classic designs, a bandit wearing a bandana. He maintains, “The inspiration of the design was the shape of the egg itself, because it’s quite difficult shape; you can’t paint everything you’d want to paint on that surface.”
Prolate Spherical, Egg Masterpiece by Steven Quinn. Courtesy of Culture Label
by Miranda Charalambous
The Egg Masterpiece Auction is on until April 30 2017. For more information, please visit the Culture Label site
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