Brian Calvin, ‘New Morning’, 2014/2017, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Courtesy of Brian Calvin and Almine Rech

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Chloe is six years old and was born with half a heart. At just 3 days old, she had to undergo open-heart surgery to improve blood flow to her heart.
She has endured a further two operations, but her family have been told that at some point, her heart will tire and fail and she will need a transplant.
Chloe loves swimming, has long hair and adores anything to do with The Little Mermaid, so when it came to her wish, Chloe wanted to swim like a mermaid somewhere warm.
Chloe and her family flew out to Spain, where the hotel swimming pool had its very own pirate ship.
Their stay included tickets to a nearby water park where there were lots of water slides and pools, perfect for a mermaid!
Then it was time for Chloe to turn into a beautiful mermaid – and it didn’t take her long to learn how to swim and splash around in her shiny new tail.
Chloe’s Mum said, “I didn’t imagine it would be a whole week of fantasticness! It was above and beyond what we imagined.”
She continued,” Emotionally it’s a fantastic memory for her and she’s at the right age to remember it all. She’s been telling people ‘it’s my wish’, she’s knows that she got it because of what she’s been through. But we’ve all benefitted from it emotionally because it’s draining looking after her and we just got to relax.”

This event is being run through Make-A-Wish Promotions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK to which it gifts any profit. The Art of Wishes is a joint event and the profits will be split equally between Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK (295672/SC 037479) and Make-A-Wish Foundation® Israel (580258820).

Image rights: © Brian Calvin, courtesy of Almine Rech Gallery

About Brian Calvin

Since the 1990s, Brian Calvin has developed a body of highly stylized flattened paintings, rendering his figures in light-soaked portraits that retain a lifelike quality. His work’s defining characteristic is the figures’ temporal pauses; each one seems to be suspended in action. Calvin’s recent work has moved away from revealing his subjects’ whole faces and instead highlights individual features, in some cases the eyes, which seem to suggest an interior world beyond the space of the canvas. “The very act of painting combined with the act of looking creates a portal through which a lot can transpire,” Calvin has said. “So I paint each day, trying to remain open enough to let that connection happen.”

American, b. 1969, Viscalia, California, based in Los Angeles, California