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Friday 13th might be ‘unlucky for some’ but for our Susie, who had never won a competition in her life, nothing could have been further from the truth on January 13th, when renowned artist Nate Giorgio got in contact to say that she had just won three very rare and beautiful rice paper paintings of the star.
Of course, Michael Jackson’s fans will know that Nate’s work isn’t just in demand worldwide – the artist’s work generally appearing only in privately commissioned collections or exclusive art galleries – but was in demand by Michael himself, who signed a contract as long ago as 1984, which made Nate his official personal artist. Subsequently, dozens of paintings by Nate adorned the walls of the singer’s Neverland home.
When Nate Giorgio opened a blog asking fans to write in and say why they would want the collection of paintings, Sue responded by writing about what we are striving to achieve in Liberia and was subsequently picked from a multitude of art lovers and fans from around the world, by Nate himself, as being a worthy winner.
Sue wrote: ‘First of all, let me say that your work is exquisite. The one of Michael with the children touches my heart like no other. Although it would be a dream to own one of your beautiful paintings of Michael, and to be able to enjoy the beauty of it in my home, I would have to say that I would use it for something different…’
She continued to explain how she would auction the painting to raise the necessary funding to build Everland, or else to hang it in Everland for the children to enjoy. And now, thanks to Nate’s kindness, we don’t have just one, but three original and extremely rare paintings.
Shortly after her win, Sue received a large flat package containing the beautiful paintings, as well as a few other precious goodies for her to keep. One excited winner, one happy team, and one huge step closer to building Everland for the children of Liberia. Thank you, Nate.
ABOVE: The three original, very rare paintings on rice paper that will be auctioned later this year to raise funds for the building of Everland.
Nate says: ‘Probably my favourite surface to paint on is the thin Chinese rice paper. I love the look and soft tones I can get with inks, and the way the rice paper dries. The surface has a marble look to it and the colours and tones are just incredible.
‘I never like mounting them because I LOVE to see the paper and ink and the small folds along with the strokes. So I would just place them flat in a clear folder. You can find the sleeves in any hobby or art store, archive clear plastic. It’s best to keep the art so collectors can actually hold the paper when taken out of the sleeve.’
BELOW: A couple of other beautiful paintings that Nate kindly sent to Susie, for her to keep, should she choose to do so. Bless you, Sue!