Rob Pruitt, ‘Exquisite Self-Portrait: Star Wars I’, 2017, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Courtesy of Rob Pruitt and Massimo de Carlo

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Six-year-old Oliver is living with an undiagnosed genetic condition, which has caused problems with his heart, kidney, bowels and bladder. He has had open-heart surgery, which left him with a large scar on his chest; he’s also had a kidney removed and spinal surgery.
Despite all of this, Oliver lives a full life and is obsessed with all things Star Wars.
His wish was to train as a Jedi with Obi Wan Kenobi and fight Darth Maul!
He was so excited in the run up to his wish that he couldn’t sleep the night before – especially after receiving a video message from Star Wars actor Warwick Davis.
On the day of his wish, Oliver was driven by limo to Star Command Headquarters, where Obi Wan presented him with his own custom-made lightsaber. He also met some Storm Troopers and Darth Maul, who gave him some Star Wars goodies.
Oliver underwent his Jedi training with Obi Wan, before making a mini movie where they searched for Darth Maul, ending with Oliver fighting him with his lightsaber to save Obi Wan’s life.
Obi Wan told Oliver that he could tell people how brave he’d been and that the scar on his chest was from his fight with Darth Maul.
Oliver’s Mum Krista said, “Ollie has really built positive memories today, so when he goes back to hospital in a couple of weeks he will be thinking of this and not what is happening at the hospital.”

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: © Rob Pruitt, courtesy of Massimo De Carlo

About Rob Pruitt

Rob Pruitt blends a Pop sensibility with witty critiques of the art world. For his Art Awards (2009 and 2010), one of his more conceptual projects, Pruitt presented awards at the Guggenheim Museum in the manner of the Academy Awards; 101 Art Ideas You Can Do Yourself (2001) was a set of DIY ideas for art making, like "make a leaf out of paper and tape it to a tree" or "sell a collector a key to your house." In 2011, Pruitt made The Andy Monument, a ten-foot-tall silver statue of Andy Warhol presented as a public artwork in New York's Union Square.

American, b. 1964, Washington, D.C., based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

I ♥ Père Lachaise Cemetery

Group Shows

New York,
Shrines to Speed Art And The Automobile: From The Minimal To The Postmodern

Fair History on Artsy

Massimo De Carlo at Art Basel 2013
Massimo De Carlo at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013
Massimo de Carlo at The Armory Show 2013