The pair have recently teamed up to paint a piece of art for the Birmingham (UK) Childrenâ€™s Hospital. â€˜Singinâ€™ In the Rainâ€™ was then produced as a limited edition print & has the classic aspects of both artists work, Millar’s ‘gadgie’ character and Rowland’s atmospheric rain & grey blue colours. Incidentally, both artists share a studio in Newcastle, so it must have been easy for them to take turns in painting the picture!
‘Singin’ In The Rain’ by Alexander Millar and Jeff Rowland
(Available as a print or canvas limited edition)
Millar and Rowland have pledged all of their royalties to Birmingham Childrenâ€™s Hospital’s new state of the art renal unit, which is very generous, and on top of that, their publisher Washington Green has agreed to match the figure the artists make!!
Birmingham Children’s Hospital: www.bch.org.uk
Many of you may have â€˜herdâ€™ about the Elephant parade that happened in London in June and July this yearâ€¦
Above: elephants painted by Peter Smith (left) and John Wilson (right)
The Elephant Parade was the largest outdoor art exhibition ever staged in the UK, with 258 life sized baby elephant sculptures, set in locations all over Londonâ€™s city centre. They were thought up and created for the leading wild elephant charity called ‘Elephant Family’ www.elephantfamily.org The interesting thing is that each elephant is a unique piece of art, hand painted by renowned artists and designers. The Parade ran for around two months; from May to July 2010. The elephants were placed in streets, parks and squares right across Central London at some of Londonâ€™s leading landmarks.
Above: elephants painted by Alexander Millar (left) and Jeff Rowland (right)
With an estimated audience of 25 million (you cannot count every person in London who has viewed them can you?!), the campaign aimed to raise over Â£1 million for the endangered Asian elephant. It was a fresh and unique fundraising and awareness campaign that everyone could enjoy. Elephant Paradeâ€™s mission is to become the worldâ€™s largest financial support organisation for elephants, while attempting to save the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild.
Above: elephants painted by Paul Kenton (left) and Louise Dear (right)
Some of the UKâ€™s finest artists and designers were sponsoring and painting an elephant including the previously blogged about: Alexander Millar, Jack Vettriano, Jeff Rowland John Wilson, Louise Dear, Paul Kenton & Peter Smith!…Many of these are artists licensed exclusively to Washington Green fine art publishers, so big thank you to them for allowing them to help out!
After going on display in various locations all over London, a select number of elephants were then auctioned off by Sotheby’s, whilst the remainder were auctioned online.