From floating 2000 Happy Clouds above the Tate Modern to make us all feel a bit better a couple of years ago to his brilliant comic-book-meets-social-commentary pop art canvases, artist and Aubin Gallery director Stuart Semple is always on message.
And now he’s lending his talents to Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign. He’s created a series of prints on sale at Amnesty’s pop-up retail concept in Shoreditch’s newly opened Boxpark bearing the slogan, Shine a Light the Whole World Over.
“It’s a lyric from Diana Ross’ Chain Reaction,” he told me, “each of us can do something that shines a little bit of light somewhere else and I like using art as a mechanism to spread some sort of love”. For the launch last week he painted a giant postcard to the Zimbabwean government defending the rights of female activists in the country and members of the public wrote their own messages which were attached to the back.
But if you missed out on that one, go to www.amnesty.org.uk and find out how you can still do your bit (hint you just need to write one letter) and make sure you also pop along to Amnesty’s Boxpark store for charitable Christmas presents that people are actually going to want: scarves by Lucy Jay, Corrie Williamson jewellery, candles by Temperley and of course those limited edition prints by Semple himself.