Leading fashion Illustrator Bil Donovan runs Create fundraiser

Bil Donovan with Nicky Goulder and others at fundraising event

America’s leading contemporary fashion illustrator Bil Donovan took part in a live illustration on 17 September 2022, with proceeds from two of the works created being donated to support Create’s work.

Donovan was appearing at an exhibition of his work at Cromwell House, London, curated by Gray M.C.A, an international gallery that specialises in original fashion illustration. The exhibition, entitled ‘The Art of Elegance’, showcases a selection of Donovan’s original artworks and runs until 29 October 2022.

The exhibition includes Donovan’s early works in collage from the 1990s; promotional artwork for Estée Lauder; a series of Christian Dior studies commissioned for The Christian Dior Suite at The St Regis Hotel in New York; and a new series of paintings commissioned exclusively for the show. He commented:

“Artists are solitary creatures, making work hunched over a drawing table or moving paint on an easel. Ideally, we make the work because we must, it’s an obsession and a passion that nourishes our creative soul. For me it is like breathing. It is most artists’ intent to share the work outside of the studio and there is no more an ideal venue than a solo show, my first, The Art of Elegance.”

Live illustration

At the live illustration session, guests were able to watch Donovan create a series of spectacular illustrations in real time, with the model dressed in couture. Two of the illustrations are now being sold to support Create’s work. Create’s Founding CEO Nicky Goulder attended the event and spoke briefly about the charity’s work and the importance of creativity in building skills, reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing.

“It is such an honour to be chosen as the beneficiary for the sale of Bil’s incredible illustrations,” Goulder said afterwards. “Create’s work is very close to Bil’s heart and it was magical watching him create a series of exquisite pieces in front of our eyes. The funds raised will support our crucial work empowering lives across the UK through the creative arts. A huge thank you to Bil and to Ashley and Connie from Gray M.C.A.”

Connie and Ashley of Gray M.C.A said: “Bil Donovan specifically selected Create to be the named charity for this very special event. He, as we are at Gray M.C.A, are in awe of the phenomenal work Create does in supporting and inspiring young people who would otherwise not have the resources to engage in the creative arts thereby giving them an opportunity to express themselves and help build their self-esteem.”

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