Ed Sheeran ‘Jackson Pollocky’ painting raises £51,000 in cancer charity raffle | UK News
A painting by pop star Ed Sheeran raised more than £ 51,000 for a cancer charity.
The 30-year-old’s colorful abstract called Splash Planet was raffled – and won by someone on the east coast of the United States who paid £ 20 for a ticket.
The raffle for the Suffolk Cancer Campaign (CCiS) started last month and the winner was drawn at random on Monday.
In a pre-event video message taped for the charity, Sheeran said, “The painting is one of mine, one of the big, zippy ones you saw on the Afterglow cover.”
It’s not the first painting Sheeran has donated to raise funds for charity.
Another, Dab 2 – inspired by Sheeran’s childhood nickname for his father, John, who is also an artist – was part of a charity auction and sold for £ 40,000.
The singer-songwriter worked on both paintings after his long-running Divide world tour, which ended with a series of homecoming appearances in Ipswich in 2019.
In a previous interview where he described how he painted it, Sheeran said, “I painted canvas every day for 30 days. It was really fun. It’s kind of Jackson Pollocky.
“I bought house paint and just layered it by painting. I just make my art and I love doing it. It’s something that makes me happy that no one else has to judge.”
Karen Hare, managing director of CCiS, said she was “overwhelmed and delighted” with the support.