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Amy Winehouse portrait auctioned off
7:20am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A PORTRAIT of Amy Winehouse painted by a Chelmsford artist has raised £500 for charity.
The 5ft tall picture of the singer, who died in July 2011, was auctioned off as part of a fundraising drive by the Amy Winehouse Foundation during a specially organised concert in Hampshire.
Hylands Park-based artist James Wilkinson was commissioned to carry out the work which took him two weeks to complete.
Entitled “At Home With Ray”, a reference to her song lyrics and admiration for Ray Charles, the oil on canvas work depicts Winehouse at a crossroads.
Mr Wilkinson who is the official V Festival artist said it was a great honour to be asked to paint the portrait for the charity which helps young people who misuse drugs and alcohol.
He said: “I would have liked it to raise a bit more but it does not matter really as it is money the charity did not have before.
“It was a privilege to do the painting and I have been told Amy’s parents Janis and Mitch have said they were touched by the painting.
“I did not want to do something to shock as I wanted it to be a tribute to Amy. She is stood at a crossroads and the painting is all about making choices.”
The only other figure in the painting is a man playing a guitar in the background, which Mr Wilkinson explained is the Devil and not Ray Charles as many people believe.
“There is the expression “the Devil sits at crossroads” and the figure in the background is supposed to be the Devil,” he said.
“It is supposed to be a subtle suggestion that Amy had the Devil in her.
“I wanted to do something that showed Amy made some bad decisions in her life and that hopefully the ones she is making now are a better.”
In total the auction and concert which saw Winehouse’s musician father Mitch perform raised £4,000.
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