Minna George was working as an artist in residence in the Darren Baker Gallery, London, when she was approached by Vines Group [BMW & MINI ] to paint this cow. Minna considered carefully the three significant elements the cow would represent and her concept evolved from there. She felt she needed to represent the charity the cow would be auctioned for, the sponsor who had kindly provided the cow for her to paint, and thirdly, pay homage to her own style of work.
The benefitting charity from the auction of this cow will be Dreamflight. This registered charity brings children with a serious illness or disability, accompanied by a medical team, to Florida, for a superb adventure filled holiday. Dreamflight enables children who have come through great trials, to experience a memorable and joyful break from the daily difficulties they face. Children love to laugh and have fun, even in the worst of circumstances, and it was Minna’s desire to reflect joy and humour in the cow, and so a superhero cow was born! It has a superhero’s cape in the form of the Union Flag fluttering over it’s back, and as every superhero requires a mask to shield or impose its identity, this one is extremely fortunate to have a 24 carat gold leaf mask, no less.
Minna George is highly trained artist, gaining a Distinction in her Masters degree. She is currently celebrating and marking 20 years as a professional artist through her new book, MINNA GEORGE – THE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1, 1996-2016. Her exceptional skill becomes increasingly apparent with each viewing of this embellished animal. Applying gold leaf is an exceedingly skilled technique. In her early years at school in Bulgaria, Minna studied the art of Icon painting, which uses gold to represent the brightness and glow of spirituality. Gold is precious and treasured, as are the children Minna Moo hopes to uplift. As a heartening and inspirational piece, Minna wanted the cow to be bright and cheerful. In order to achieve this in her work she uses raw pigments to make her paints. These begin as extremely vibrant colours, which she gradually subdues as required. On Minna Moo she has certainly achieved her goal. There is a burst and riot of colour on both sides of the cow, integrating swirls and details of exuberant patterns that delight the eye, and turn a familiar form into a complex work of art. The black horns represent the more solid and serious note of children having to endure illness.