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Extraordinary Charity Art Auction
Fri 9 June 2017, 17:00 – 23:00 BST
There is going to be an "Extraordinary Charity Art Auction" of the vibrant, previously hidden art, of the late Desmond Jones, on Friday 9th June. Desmond was a professional artist, who studied art at Twickenham Art School (now Richmond Upon Thames College RuTC) during the Second World War. He carved a career in commercial art but painted a rich seam of fabulous work, for the sheer love of it, which he never exhibited during his life time! A small selection of the Desmond Jones oil paintings were seen by a select group of dignitaries at a special presentation of one of his "Dancer" paintings, along with a plaque about the artist, to the head of RuTC, Robin Ghurbhurun, in February 2016, which was attended by his Worship, the Mayor of Richmond along with the presidents of local Art and History Societies. At this event, this sample of his work was highly commended. You can view images of the work, read about the artist, the presentation and Twickenham Art School from the Desmond Jones Art web site:-
This auction event is going to be extraordinary because 39 (mainly) local charities have chosen one of the works to be auctioned, from which to receive 50% of the income their work achieves on the night, and the auction is being taken by the highly charismatic and exuberant, BBC celebrity antiques expert, Charlie Ross. It is also extraordinary because the work has never before been exhibited and is therefore officially without value; the art could achieve any value, from nothing to millions; so the auction will be hugely exciting - as anything could happen!
A documentary film is also being made about the project.
There is also going to be a "Once in a lifetime", weekend exhibition of the work (since it has not been seen before and will not be seen again) at Orleans House, Twickenham Riverside, on May 12th - 14th, with an exclusive preview evening for VIPs, on the evening of May 12th.