Jamie Hewlett’s ‘Under Water Colours’

Jamie Hewlett’s ‘Under Water Colours’

Jamie Hewlett’s ‘Under Water Colours’ went under the hammer in Manchester to raise money for Oxfam.

manchester-gallery-exhibitions-3Manchester art fans had a final chance to see an exhibition by one of the UK’s most innovative and well-known artists, Jamie Hewlett. The artist behind Gorillaz, Tank Girl, and Monkey: Journey to the West, donated his work to be auctioned at Manchester’s Artzu Gallery.

Jamie’s striking and unforgettable images of his trip with Oxfam to Bangladesh were free to view at Artzu Gallery from 11 November until the night of the auction on 18 November.

Jamie accompanied international development agency Oxfam to Char Atra in Bangladesh, which was struck by Cyclone Aila, in late 2009. The trip inspired him to paint nine touching watercolours. The images and Jamie’s words speak of the devastating effects of climate change on a small community, and of human resilience in front of disasters which are becoming more and more frequent, like the recent catastrophic flooding in Pakistan.

manchester-gallery-exhibitionsOn the trip, Jamie met people trying to raise their homes above the higher flood levels, parents who had lost children to the floods and children who swim half a mile to school with their books on their heads.

The gallery hosted an evening dedicated to raising money for Oxfam’s South Asia River Basin Programme, to help communities like the ones Jamie met in Bangladesh.

Jamie Hewlett said: “This exhibition showed how climate change is already affecting people around the world but also how we can all do something now to stop this from getting completely out of control.

manchester-gallery-exhibitions“Char Atra is such an idyllic place and it’s horrific to think of it being simply washed away, devastating the community. I wanted my paintings to be optimistic as well as realistic and I wanted to show what a beautiful place it is. I hope by concentrating on the people and their every day lives that I have given people here in Britain something they can relate to.”

Limited edition prints of Jamie’s paintings can be purchased to support Oxfam’s River Basin programme, which operates in Char Atra and more widely in Bangladesh and Nepal. So far they have raised almost £40,000.

They are available at www.oxfam.org.uk/jamiehewlett