Christie comes from an abusive childhood and, as an adult, has struggled with depression, alcohol and drug problems, and homelessness. She wrote to The Big Issue to say: “I am currently taking part in an auction with Centrepieces. I will be auctioning off about 20 paintings as my contribution to the charity. Thank you for all of your help, for your support and for your help with so many otherwise marginalised artists.”
“This painting is of a red acer (Japanese maple tree) in Greenwich Park, which is an area I often walk through,” says Andrew, a regular contributor from London who has struggled with mental health problems since 1986. “It’s a good, stable period in my life at the moment, and complying with taking medication is part of that. I decided that I would comply with the medication regime after trying to stop on several occasions without success, and it has brought some good results.”
Christie has struggled with depression, addiction and homelessness. She says: “I am currently auctioning off about 20 paintings with Centrepieces, as my contribution to the charity. Thank you for all your support and help with otherwise marginalised artists.”
After years spent travelling and squatting, Michael ended up homeless in London with a drug habit. He’s now clean and has a Peabody flat. “Taken from Leonardo’s amazing Mona Lisa, this has none of the original’s sublime subtly,” he says of this painting. “Instead we find our Mona in a strange alien landscape looking like a vampire.”
Mocsari moved to London from Hungary in March this year and now lives in a hostel in Bayswater. He attended art school for two years in Hungary. “On the street I watch people, their faces, and later paint and draw what I remember of them. At art school I did precise figure drawings and paintings but now I prefer more abstract representations.”
Chris, who submits this artwork in collaboration with his partner Mina, is a regular contributor to Street Art and wrote to The Big Issue to say: “I am very grateful to you for featuring my art and poetry. You helped me a lot. I wanted to let you know that, partly as a result of your outstanding compassion and support, I am participating in a group exhibition at St Pancras Hospital in north London. I was in a unit here before.”
The exhibition titled The Shapes and Lines of Beauty runs until January 19 at The Conference Centre Gallery in St Pancras Hospital.