Acrylic on canvas
152.5 x 91.5 cm
Gabrielle Rich Aouad was a great friend of my wife Tessa’s. They went to school together. At the tender age of 23, Gabrielle was diagnosed with advanced stage Hodgkin’s disease. Her incredible strength, feistiness never failed through months of her painful treatment. She was fearless in every way. An honours graduate from Oxford University, fluent in five languages, a champion skier, an expert in horseback riding and a skilled rock mountain climber, this painting was created in her honour to help support her families foundation. Their incredible work over the last two decades of funding has helped to improve the efficiency of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients. The purpose of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research is to encourage the development of more effective therapies for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and related cancers. This painting highlights several fearless women, Bette Davis, Coco Chanel, Simone de Beauvoir and my daughter Tallia. The painting is also a reminder to us all that life is so precious and finite. This celebration of wonderful fearless women encompasses the existential vison to live life in the now. Yes, ladies live your life in the present at it's fullest speed and be captured by it's vital force to create and change the world into a better place. On the left hand-side we see little cherubs, God's angels to safeguard life, and two characters that are an homage to Banksy. The first is an innocent child with fluffy wings, still at the start of his/her life, representing the innate love to live. Next to it we find a defeated angel, with his head down, pushing an old rusty bike, representing death. A reminder to us all to live for today, the present.
All artists proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Gabrielle Angel Foundation.