Pistol’s stroke of genius for charityBy Victoria Corbett
September 15, 2009
A street artist whose work has been cropping up around Wokingham town centre is calling for charities to put their names forward to benefit from an auction of his work.
Pistol, who wants his identity to remain a mystery, has become renowned around Wokingham for his stencil art that has appeared in places including St Crispin’s Skate Park in London Road and behind Nationwide in Market Place.
His latest work has taken shape at The Redan pub in Peach Street, where images of David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and Johnny Rotten appeared last month after Pistol approached landlord Andy Rogers to suggest he revamp the beer garden.
The three images have proved popular with visitors to the town centre pub, and last week’s story in The Wokingham Times inspired Pistol to approach the paper with a generous offer.
The artist, who lives locally, will reproduce the three musicians’ faces on large pieces of white canvas.
The David Bowie picture will be reproduced in pink and money bid for this will go to Cancer Research UK for breast cancer research.
The others will be reproduced in black and Pistol has teamed up with The Wokingham Times to offer two other charities the chance to benefit from the auction of the pictures.
Bidding will take place via email with The Wokingham Times, with updates on how much bidding has reached placed on getwokingham regularly to enable bidders to check out the competition.
The person who places the highest bid will get their pick of the three pictures, while the second highest bidder can choose between the other two and the third will receive the remaining work.
This is not the first charity auction Pistol has been involved with. Earlier this year, Pistol, whose work has been likened to renowned graffiti artist Banksy, sold a work dubbed ‘Seven’ at auction at the Artsbar Café in Wellington Road.
The proceeds from the sale went to the charity Building for the Future, which helps local disabled children and their families.
Pistol said: “The reason for the donation to charity is because it was great to see the response and joy my last auctioned piece created.
“It is great to see my work appreciated but if it can help others too, then that is a bonus.”
Pistol has selected Cancer Research UK because he knows people who have suffered the disease.
He said: “I know a lot of children that did the Race for Life in aid of the breast cancer research fund, and if they can offer their time and effort then so can I.”
Pistol is not sure how much the auction will raise, but hopes it will prove popular.
He said: “It if raises £10, then that’s £10 more than would have otherwise been raised.
“I would urge buyers not just to look at what they are buying, but what they are actually donating to help others. What they are bidding for is just a freebie to thank them for their donation.”
Before the auction is opened, charities interested in receiving proceeds are asked to write to The Wokingham Times with reasons why they should get the money.
Please include contact details, including a daytime telephone number.
Write to Pistol Auction, The Wokingham Times, Surrey and Berkshire Media Ltd, 8 Tessa Road, Reading, RG1 8NS or email email@example.com.