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The Guardian : U2 singer’s gift Bono helps charity keep the wolf from the door

mardi 13 janvier 2004 / par Dom

Source : The Guardian

When not busy singing and saving the world, U2’s lead singer Bono is a bit of an artist. A limited edition set of lithographs of his illustrations for Peter and the Wolf goes on sale today at the London Art Fair, in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation which cared for the singer’s father until his death three years ago.

Bono said of his own work last year when his first solo art exhibition opened in New York : "I love art too much to call these anything other than marks on paper."

"When I saw them I was just blown away, I thought they were sensational," gallery owner Cynthia Corbett, who is exhibiting the works, said last night.

His original illustrations were auctioned in New York, but an edition of 200 lithographs is now being released - each at an undisclosed four-figure sum. The watercolour illustrations were made with the help of his daughters, Jordan and Eve, for a book accompanying a new version of Prokofiev’s orchestral composition for children.

The new arrangement is by an old friend of Bono’s, Maurice Seezer, and fellow Irish musician and painter, Gavin Friday - veteran of Dublin band The Virgin Prunes, which didn’t quite achieve the worldwide multimillion sales of U2.

Ms Corbett has had to borrow a signed set of the lithographs from a client to put on display : Bono has been so busy he hasn’t had time to sign all the prints yet.

* London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London N1,

Bono and two of the donated lithographs Photograph : Alex Wong/ Getty Images

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