JD Malat Gallery is honoured to announce its upcoming online auction of a commissioned portrait by leading figurative painter Henrik Aa. Uldalen, in aid of the food redistribution charity, The Felix Project. By donating the proceeds to The Felix Project, we hope to help tackle issues of food poverty and food wastage.
From the 16th of November until the 1st of December, JD Malat Gallery’s online auction will be hosted by jumblebee, an online platform dedicated to helping charities and communities to raise funds for good causes. The highest bidder will receive their own commissioned oil on wood portrait, 45 x 60 cm, by world renowned painter, Henrik Aa. Uldalen.
JD Malat Gallery and Uldalen have chosen to join a collective endeavour to help fight food poverty, highlighted by the effective and heartfelt campaign of Marcus Rashford and after being made aware of the following statistics:
- Following the first wave of the pandemic there was a significant increase of families going without food: 14% of UK families with children have experienced food insecurity in the past 6 months.
- 9 million tonnes of avoidable food waste is generated by the UK food industry each year.
- Food poverty is a huge and growing problem, and nearly 4 million children in the UK live in households that struggle to afford to buy enough fruit, vegetables, fish and other healthy foods.
- 5 million adults in London struggle to afford to eat every day, leaving thousands of children at risk of missing the next meal.
It is terrible that there are children and vulnerable people without food. We want to help ensure that disadvantaged children and homes in the UK have the resilience, hope and happiness that we wish for our own families. – Jean-David Malat, Founder of JD Malat Gallery
Through this collaboration, JD Malat Gallery and Henrik Uldalen hope to play a role in ensuring that the most vulnerable receive nutritious meals during the challenging and unprecedented times of a second lockdown.
The Felix Project – ‘Saving food and changing lives’
The Felix Project is London’s leading food redistribution charity. They rescue surplus food and deliver it, free of charge, direct to local charities and schools serving people in need. If Felix did not rescue this food, it would be thrown away and wasted. Their food helps children and families, people on low incomes, people who have lost their jobs, the homeless, refugees, domestic abuse survivors, the elderly and keyworkers. The Felix Project was founded in 2016 in memory of Felix Byam Shaw, by his father, entrepreneur Justin Byam Shaw. Their vision is a London where no one goes hungry and good food is never wasted.
About the artist
Henrik Uldalen was born in South Korea in 1986 and raised in Norway. Uldalen is a self-taught, expressionist artist, whose creative production revolves around classical figurative painting. Though a figurative painter, his focus has always been the emotional and metaphysical content rather than narratives, his works being self-portraits projected onto models. In the first lockdown, Uldalen and JD Malat Gallery donated a series of gouache paintings entitled ‘Isolation Series’, to raise funds for research into detecting, preventing and responding to the pandemic. Uldalen continues to use his art to contribute to a communal and supportive spirit.
How can I get involved?
You can start bidding via the following link:
Start bidding from the 16th of November! The proceeds from the highest bidder will be donated to The Felix Project this Winter, helping to save food and change lives.
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