Colour of his dreams
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Limited edition of 75 signed fine-art prints available on museum archival card. 550mm high x 550mm wide. Unframed prints shipped FREE in NZ, $35 internationally.
Original painting Sold, 450 x 450mm, oil on canvas, 2012
Sofia Minson created this oil portrait “Colour of his Dreams” of 13 year old Saw Min Thet who attends a refugee school on the Thai/Burma border for a 2012 charity auction. When asked “What do you dream?” Saw Min Thet's answer was “I want to be an artist.” His school is based by the local rubbish dump where families live and earn a living by collecting recyclable materials. Supported by the SpinningTop charity, the school caters to refugee, orphaned and migrant children, some of whom have been rescued from trafficking.
Minson explains that "although we have never met, I was inspired by the boy’s dream and imagined him to be painting his own self-portrait through me, an image full of youthful energy and colour."
In 2011 the ‘Little Lotus Project’ led by SpinningTop enabled a group of talented artists from around the globe to visit Saw Min Thet’s school and work on youth development projects with an artistic focus. In 2012 the project culminated in a charity auction rasing over $40,000 for the children’s ongoing welfare. Artworks were donated by over 30 artists – the Little Lotus artists as well as by a number of guest artists including Sofia Minson, Michel Tuffery, Peap Tarr, Martin Horspool and Misery.
Watch this video for more about the Little Lotus project:
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