Harnessing the curative cachet of art

Artist Michael Craig-Martin is releasing a limited edition of his 2018 Savarin Can (Turquoise) to support the charity Paintings in Hospitals

Limited edition prints of Michael Craig-Martin’s Savarin Can (Turquoise) are £900 each, with proceeds going to Paintings in Hospitals
Limited edition prints of Michael Craig-Martin’s Savarin Can (Turquoise) are £900 each, with proceeds going to Paintings in Hospitals

In 1959, Sheridan Russell, chief almoner at London’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, founded Paintings in Hospitals to promote the healthcare benefits of bringing art into the clinical environment. Since then the charity has built a collection of over 3,800 works – including pieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley – which are loaned to hospitals across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. To mark its 60th anniversary, Michael Craig-Martin is releasing a limited edition of his 2018 painting Savarin Can (Turquoise). Craig-Martin’s fascination with depicting everyday objects has seen him dubbed “art’s high priest of ordinary things”: for this painting he took inspiration from a 1960 sculpture of a coffee can filled with paintbrushes by the American abstract expressionist and pop artist Jasper Johns. The limited edition prints cost £900 each, and all proceeds from their sale benefit the charity.

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