Dubai artist to create 'World's biggest painting on canvas' inspired by humanity
The impact of this period of prolonged isolation manifests itself in different ways in different people. For the Dubai-based artist Sacha Jafri, it has inspired him to undertake the biggest project of his (or any artist's) career: a six-week project done in self-isolation in order to create the largest canvas painting ever made.
Taking up isolation in two gigantic ballrooms within Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm hotel, the British artist's project named 'Humanity Inspired', calls upon children across the world to submit drawings that he will add to the first layer ("the soul") of a canvas that is the approximate size of two football fields.
In a global appeal, children from all walks of life have been asked to create works on the themes of 'Isolation' and 'Connection'. The first day alone saw more than 6,000 submissions from 40 countries.
Starting from May 20,2020, Jafri will spend six weeks painting 300 layers on top, while being inspired by an array of musicians and creatives from across the world, including Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Gary Barlow and many more via live video stream.
"Essentially, my 22 year career has all been leading up to this project," Jafri tells Esquire Middle East on the phone from his new temporary studio and home at The Atlantis, Dubai. Jafri is widely regarded as one of the world's most celebrated living artists and is notable for raising over $60 million dollars from the sale of his art for charity.
"My work has always been inspired by humanity and the connection between people," says Jafri, "and right now, this is more prevalent than it has ever been."
Run in conjunction with Unicef, the Global Gift Foundation charity and support from the UAE government, upon completion the scale of the project has been ratified by Guinness World Records as the ‘largest Social, Artistic & Philanthropic Project to ever be created’.
Once completed the painting will be auctioned for charity in 30 selected canvas panels carefully curated to raise the funds for the continual uninterrupted education of children as well as hospitals, healthcare workers, emergency services response units and essential medical supplies both within the UAE and internationally.