All pieces available for € 60 as artists and celebrities team up to raise funds

Artist Peter Curling is used to working on a large canvas, as he is famous for his equine portraits. So painting on a 15 x 10 cm postcard is quite a challenge, but welcome as it is for a good cause. Curling has been involved in the Incognito fundraising initiative since its inception in 2017.

Selling art online raises funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation, which provides home care for critically ill babies – one postcard equals four hours of specialized home care for a sick child. This year, 1,500 artists, from the most emerging to the most famous to celebrities, contributed more than 3,500 original works of art the size of a postcard at € 60 each. The unique selling point is that the buyer doesn’t find out who painted their postcard. until they receive it.

“It’s a challenge because I’m used to working on a much larger scale,” says Curling. “It takes discipline, but some artists are smart enough to be able to produce beautiful things that are loose and simple enough in the way they have been painted. It’s good exercise and something that makes you concentrate in a different way. It’s a great way to fundraise and in a simple way that really won the audience over. “

Curling was born in Waterford in 1955 and has lived in Co Tipperary with his family since 1978. He is highly regarded for his large atmospheric paintings of working horses, in the field and on the racetrack, as well as for his landscapes and portraits, and his work has been exhibited around the world. His love of drawing and horses was ingrained from an early age – he exhibited his work for the first time at the age of 14.

Peter Curling is well known for his paintings of horses and landscapes.

“My dad was a comedian and he performed in the Abbey Theater – we were a family of artists. I started to draw when I was very young. My mom bought and sold sports style paintings and prints and it got me interested in horses. I loved all the color and the atmosphere, the movement and the character and the bond between horse and rider. I love the whole spectacle of the racetrack, the morning rides, there are a lot of different areas in the subject that you can try to portray.

Curling studied drawing in Italy and France, learning from artists such as John Skeaping, a famous English equine painter and sculptor. He says that while special skills are required in portraying horses, it all depends on what an artist thinks about his subject.

“Anatomy and drawing are very important, but it’s just about knowing your subject fundamentally. There must be excitement. You have to really want to paint what you are painting, it must show through in the work. If you are painting something that you yourself find boring, it is quite difficult to generate excitement.

Curling has no shortage of subjects living in Tipperary, home to many players in the horse racing industry, and it also helps that his son Sam is a coach. He says he’s missed the excitement of points-to-points and race meetings since the start of the pandemic.

“I’m lucky to have horses on my doorstep here, but I would go to points to points most weekends, I take a lot of inspiration from that. It’s definitely a big gap not being able to do that, not having the opportunity to go out into the country and see the variety of landscapes and all the usual things that might inspire you.

Instead, Curling watched the race meetings from afar and took great pleasure in particular from the success of fellow Waterfordian, coach Henry de Bromhead, and stable jockey Rachael Blackmore, who scored a double victory. historic at the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National. .

“Rachael is a Tipperary girl, and she’s ridden point-to-point winners for us, we’ve known her for a long time. I would normally go to Cheltenham, I also didn’t go last year due to Covid. I hope everything will return to normal and we can go. It’s sad that no one was there to join in the celebrations. It was a little strange, the empty stands and all that, but the horses still did their best.

  • The Incognito sale will be launched on Thursday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Interested buyers can browse the catalog of paintings online and register in advance for sale, at www.incognito.ie

How the Incognito sale works

  DJ Mo Kelly is one of the others who donated a track.  See www.incognito.ie
DJ Mo Kelly is one of the others who donated a track. See www.incognito.ie

The Incognito art collection is now live at www.incognito.ie with the online art sale taking place on Thursday April 22 at 10 a.m. sharp.

The identity of the artists behind the 3,000 postcard-sized works of art is kept secret until the auction closes. Artists and celebrities who contributed to the pieces for sale include Robert Ballagh, The Edge, Bob Geldof, Paul Costelloe, Mo Kelly and Tommy Tiernan.

Each original work costs € 60, and the identity of the artist will remain a mystery until the delivery of the work! Last year’s sale sold out within minutes.

Laura J. Boyer