Mat Collishaw, ‘Tulip Mania’, 2017, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Courtesy of Mat Collishaw and Blain Southern

Please note this lot is sold framed.

Nicole is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Her condition has affected her confidence and ability to be a sociable nine-year-old girl.
Nicole has always loved art, particularly drawing and painting, so when she was first diagnosed with leukaemia, she began expressing her feelings and the stages of her journey through her art. From the first doctor she met, to receiving her diagnosis and even when the treatment made her lose her hair, Nicole found a calmness and an escape in art during the long and difficult treatment and hospital stays. What is truly unique is that Nicole chose to paint and draw with her eyes closed, whilst listening to her favourite music.
Nicole’s wish was inspired by her art; she wished to share her paintings in a professional exhibition and invite her family and friends. On the day of her wish, Nicole’s art was displayed at a beautiful community centre. Her family and friends were invited, along with some special celebrity guests to surprise her, including a well-known TV entertainment show, who came along to interview Nicole on her wish. Nicole’s wish created some wonderful memories for her and her family. Speaking about her wish, Nicole said, “I can’t believe this is all for me.”

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: © Mat Collishaw, courtesy of Blain Southern

About Mat Collishaw

Young British Artist (YBA) Mat Collishaw mimics the hypnotic and glossy aesthetic of advertisements and lurid news footage to create visual narratives about the dark side of image making. Combining new and traditional media, from wood sculpture to sound and video installation, Collishaw renders nightmarish horrors with a startling formal elegance, taking on subjects like death row inmates’ last meals, the blood-spattered survivors of a terrible disaster, and exquisite close-ups of squashed butterflies. For a series of photographs made in 2000, Collishaw meticulously staged scenes of Nazi couples post-suicide in their bunker rooms, the rooms richly outfitted with gilt-framed oil paintings, leather chairs, and opulent candelabra. The figures appear oddly at ease, draped over pieces of furniture in various stages of undress.

British, b. 1966, Nottingham, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Group Shows

Berliner Dom, 
Berlin, Germany,
Du sollst dir (k)ein Bild machen
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, 
Santiago de Compostela, Spain,
Sur le dandysme aujourd'hui: From Shop Window Mannequin to Media Star
View Artist's CV