Artist Jonathan Freemantle Paints for Royal Blind

Press Release | 11/02/2014

Jonathan Freemantle, a South-African born artist residing in Edinburgh, has donated a specially commissioned piece of art to raise funds to support blind and partially sighted people.

The artist has donated a work of art to Scottish charity Royal Blind, which will be sold at an art exhibition during the charity’s fundraising week next month.

 Jonathan Freemantle has been creating art in Edinburgh since 2006 and recently founded the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival with his wife, former model Anna Freemantle. Jonathan said:

“I have a fear of losing my eyesight – so much of the wonder that I experience in this world comes to me through my eyes. I like to know that if I were to lose my eyesight there is a group of people like Royal Blind that do such great and varied work.”

Royal Blind Week organiser Alisdair Caulfield said:

“We are delighted and proud to be able to add Jonathan to our list of art donors, and without giving everything away, I can say that the lucky buyer of Jonathan’s artwork will be taking home much more than just a painting.”

Speaking about the art work, Jonathan revealed:

“I'm collaborating with a master perfumer at the moment making paint using essential oils she has distilled from plants and then grinding the pigment with the oils. The paintings have a scent for about three weeks and are intended as multi-sensory experiences.”

Jonathan’s unique artwork will, along with the works of many other exciting artists, be on display at the stunning Gallery Seventeen on Dundas Street, in the centre of Edinburgh from 20 February to 2 March 2014.

For tickets and more information about the Royal Blind Week art exhibition and sale, please visit the Royal Blind website or contact Alisdair Caulfield on alisdair.caulfield@royalblind.org or on 0131 229 1456.

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