Modern & Post-War British Art

'Tis the Season

By Robin Cawdron-Stewart

It's that time of year again when countless envelopes flood through the front door, bringing tidings of great joy from those near (or not so near) and dear. And whilst many people's mantelpieces will be littered with novelty penguins or red-breasted robins, leaving a trail of glittery detritus, Oxfam have sought the help of some of the country’s best known artists to make their cards really stand out from the pack.

GRAYSON PERRY CBE, INOFFENSIVE IMAGE. ESTIMATE: £1,000—2,000. 

The collection features works by Grayson Perry CBE, Bob & Roberta Smith, Adam Dan, Michael Craig Martin, Peter Saville and Raqib Shaw, and was organised by design studio Kit Grover. The cards are on sale now in selected Oxfam shops and online with the proceeds going to support the wonderful work that Oxfam does.

"There can never have been a time when the work of Oxfam was more critically important than now with so many innocent people in the world caught up in displacement and crisis. It is a privilege to be invited to support Oxfam in this modest way in its essential work across the world," says Michal Craig Martin, the artist behind the card A Tricycle for Christmas.

BOB & ROBERTA SMITH, IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! ESTIMATE: £4,000—6,000. 

Sotheby's is delighted to be including three of the original designs in the Spring 2017 Made In Britain sale, taking place on 5 April 2017, with the proceeds from the sale going to Oxfam. The sale celebrates the diversity of British art and design over the past century, and will go on public view on Saturday 1st April.

ADAM DANT, LUCKY YOU! ESTIMATE: £600—800. 

Grayson Perry's Inoffensive Image will be on sale at the auction next spring – he says: "I agreed to design a card for this campaign because Oxfam is like another word for 'good'". Inoffensive Image gives a tantalising glimpse of his forthcoming Serpentine Galleries show in June 2017: "It's a very early sketch of a piece that's in my next show at the Serpentine in June, 2017. The final piece, a huge tapestry, turned out very differently but still has the essential features – a bucolic scene of a semi-industrial landscape."

Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. From life-saving emergency responses to life-changing development projects and campaigning, the leading aid charity works around the world to end the injustice of poverty.

You can purchase the full range of artist-commissioned cards at Oxfam.org.uk

MAIN IMAGE: BOB & ROBERTA SMITH, IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! ESTIMATE: £4,000—6,000. 

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