Ronnie Wood paints a picture for a mystery art sale

Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood is among the artists who have painted works for a charity art sale with a difference.

While the veteran rocker has contributed one piece to a large collection of 3,200 works of art, buyers won’t know which one is his.

Wood, 74, contributed to Incognito 2022 – a sale that only reveals artists’ identities when closed.

Ireland’s biggest online art sale is raising money for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, a charity which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Wood isn’t the only musician to put the paintbrush to the canvas for the fundraising effort.

Damien Dempsey, Christy Dignam, Andrea Corr, Samantha Mumba, Robert Grace and Lyra have also created postcard-sized pieces, all of which will sell for 65 euros each.

International fashion designer Paul Costelloe is another of the mystery artists involved.

A collection of leading Irish artists – including Robert Ballagh, Maser, Helen Steele, Jill & Gill, Una Sealy and Asbestos – also contributed works.

By the day of the sale, potential buyers are encouraged to log on, browse the collection and choose their favorite pieces from a wish list. These lists are then entered into a lottery system on the day of the sale – April 21 – with lucky buyers being notified of their success.

Coins not sold after the initial lottery will then be available for purchase online.

It is only once the collection is exhausted that the identity of the artists will be revealed.

The Jack and Jill Foundation provides specialist home nursing, respite support and end-of-life care to over 400 children with very complex and life-limiting medical conditions in communities across Ireland.

Andrea Corr also painted a piece for sale (PA)

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Costelloe, who is an ambassador for the foundation, said Incognito was a celebration of the wealth of artistic talent in Ireland.

“I really think Incognito’s art and level of quality is amazing,” he said.

“It is wealth well above the price. I don’t think people appreciate the talent there is in Ireland when it comes to art. People say that the Irish are writers, poets or filmmakers, but in fact the art world is very rich in Ireland.

“We need to encourage him a lot more. I don’t think people buy enough paintings or original works for their homes. There are too many white walls. Art brings a life of pleasure, in addition to being a possible investment. You have something for life, something to pass on to your children.

Mumba said his love of art dates back to his school days.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be asked to get involved with Incognito and support such an incredible cause within the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation,” she said.

“I have always loved art and the creative process. Art was one of the few courses I really, really enjoyed in school. Today, I really enjoy doing it with my daughter for fun. I also find it very relaxing.

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