Inspiring, thought-provoking – and sometimes off the wall – the Breast Cancer Care UK auction pieces showcase the inner workings of some of the most revered contemporary artists. With a 1:18 scale replica of the iconic Rolls-Royce Ghost as their blank canvas, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Gavin Turk and Mark Wallinger are among the artists who created a collection of truly unique expressions.
As a project with no real restrictions, some artists consciously projected their own distinct style on to the model motor car. British-Nigerian Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare covered his in a mosaic of Dutch wax batik fabrics: “The mosaic is an extension of the customary way I work with African textiles. It’s formed the identity of my practice for a number of years.”
London-based Natasha Law, best known for works that straddle both art and fashion, created a continuation of a piece she’s working on outside of this project. Law punctuated her pure white Ghost with a few mysterious shapes that are in fact clothes removed by an absent, ghost-like figure.
Canadian painter Andrew Salgado incorporated his model into his daily practice: “I used mine as the locus of possibility where I mixed, scraped, wiped, abandoned and scooped paint. Over time, it became a continuation of me and my work.” The result? A glorious muck of paint that unintentionally gives Ghost a textured armour of colour.