Friday 22 September 2017

From guitars to paintbrushes... Ed Sheeran shares self-portrait for charity

Ed Sheeran has painted a self-portrait for charity
Ed Sheeran has painted a self-portrait for charity

Ed Sheeran has painted a self-portrait for charity, after being honoured with a portrait in London's National Gallery on Tuesday.

The chart-topper's self-portrait is expected to fetch an impressive sum when it goes an auction in mid-May.

The painting, which features Ed wearing a green jumper, jeans and a speech bubble that reads 'Feed me' was created for charity, The Mockingbird Trust.

The charity was founded by Chris and Wendy Wilkinson in memory of their daughter Anna who tragically passed away at 16 from a brain tumour.

Anna's father Chris said the family are "touched" that Sheeran got involved with the project.

"We are touched that Ed Sheeran and so many other people are supporting the charity we have set up as Anna's legacy," he said.

"The donations we have had for the auction have been truly remarkable. Anna loved to plan parties, build up traditions and arrange special events; not for herself, but to see her friends and family having fun.

"Even near the end of her life, when a charity arranged a theatre trip for us, she was thinking of others. In a letter to thank them she wrote, 'I really enjoyed seeing my family enjoying themselves and seeing them smile," he said.

Ed Sheeran with the portrait by Belfast artist Colin Davidson at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Photo: PA
Ed Sheeran with the portrait by Belfast artist Colin Davidson at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Photo: PA

On Tuesday, an Irish artist's portrait painting Sheeran was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Belfast-based artist Colin Davidson created the painting after he met with the singer's father, who is an art historian and curator.

Sheeran posed for the artist for three hours at his Suffolk home back in 2015.

Speaking to the 'Evening Standard', Davidson said: "I deliberately didn't want Ed to perform and that was odd for him. There is a youthful aspect to the portrait but also something experienced beyond his years."

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