David Paul Kay: Better World: Unconditional Love

Original article on Geographical.

David Paul Kay’s artwork, Unconditional Love, is about compassion and philanthropy, aligning with the mission of the charity Arms Around The Child , which entered this short video into the MPB Geographical Better World Video Awards. The monochrome artwork, as Kay, explains in the video, embodies the values and objectives of the charity. Kay, based in New York and from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, captures the essence of unconditional love in his creation, mirroring Arms Around The Child’s commitment to supporting vulnerable children and communities.

CHRISTMAS IMAGES made with @pie_herring_art & Children at School of @armsaroundthechild Charity, Ghana

CHRISTMAS IMAGES made with @pie_herring_art and the Children at our newest School of @armsaroundthechild Charity in Ghana at the Art Residency @aatc_artresidency  – all made at the new school we built with the proceeds from Christie’s November 2022  Charity Art Auction and the start of our new Art Residency in Ghana.


IP Arts news article on Christie’s November 11th – Arms Around the Child Charity Event with IP Arts.
Original article: Parliamentary Society

The artwork created by Kay was auctioned in support of global charity organisation Arms Around the Child. Kay’s piece was sold in an auction at Christie’s London King Street. Alongside raising awareness and supporting funds to aidchildren living in extreme adversity, the auction offered a unique opportunity to purchase work from some of the world’s most notable upcoming talents, as well as art icons.

Special celebrity guests included Neneh Cherry, William Borges Da Silva, designer Malan Breton, Rebeca Riofrio chairwoman for the UK Parliamentary Society of Arts and Mabel, among many other significant attendees in the creative art world and beyond.

Artist, David Paul Kay says: “No child should miss out on the most important part of childhood – the love, care, peace and security. This is personal to me. A big part of my childhood was experiencing war, violence and abuse – no child should have to go through it. That is why I immediately said yes to joining the auction. I will be flying to London to create a special piece for “Arms Around The Child’. It will be a 2×2 meter painting called “Unconditional Love”, and I will create it at my favourite and most inspiring place in London, The Mandrake.”

Originally from Georgia, Eastern Europe, Kay migrated to the United States in 2008. As a self-taught artist, Kay has always experimented with various techniques, which though his career evolved soon after moving to New York City in early 2009 where he developed his signature monochromatic style.

Using vibrant lines, shapes and intricate compositions, Kay transforms blank surfaces into complex yet simple to read narratives. Kay’s obsession with detail, the versatility of scale, and perspective lead to the creation of hundreds of his drawings, paintings, murals, and sculptures.

Alongside displays at The Mandrake, David’s work has been exhibited and included in private collections in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and Africa, including artist residencies in Los Angeles, London, and the South of Spain. The artist has collaborated on global campaigns and private commissions with major brands such as Montblanc, PayPal, Cadillac, Equinox, and others. David’s work has been featured in Forbes, Architectural Digest, Vogue Italia, Wallpaper, Haute Living, Gotham Magazine, AM New York, Journal du Design, VAMP Malta.

David Paul Kay Making of ‘Unconditional Love’

David Paul Kay

Better World: Unconditional Love article on Geographical.

Photos above: Peter Gallizzi


David Paul Kay Making of ‘Unconditional Love’

Joe Machine

Joe Machine – Painter

Christie’s London photos above: Peter Gallizzi

Arms Around the Child, Christies London, Nov 2022

11th November 2022 at Christies London

Guest Curator: Neneh Cherry
Co-Curators: Lee Sharrock, Peter Wells-Thorpe and Bakul Patki

Artwork From: David Shrigley, Chrissie Hynde, Ben Summers, David Byrne, Jamie Hewlett, Dorte Kloppenborg Skrumsager, George Morton Clark, Mr. Brainwash, The Connor Brothers, Joe Machine, Bartholomew Beal, Edgeworth Johnstone (aka Heckel’s Horse Jr.), David Paul Kay & more

Press coverage: Artlyst | Art Plugged | Parliamentary Society

Photograph by Peter Gallizzi

Christie’s London – November – 2022 @ArmsAroundTheChild  Charity Art Auction film
Photograph by Lee Sharrock
Photograph by Lee Sharrock

Photos below: Peter Gallizzi

David Paul Kay
Making of ‘Unconditional Love’. This work was part of the Arms Around the Child Charity Auction at Christie’s London, 11th November 2022.

Edgeworth Johnstone


HECKEL’S HORSE JR.: Johnstone travels to Chatham Dockyard in Kent every week, where he and Billy Childish make collaborative paintings together under the alias Heckel’s Horse. Johnstone makes his own versions of these paintings at home under the alias Heckel’s Horse Jr.

Soldier and Horse by Heckel’s Horse Jr. (aka Edgeworth Johnstone)

The above painting, Soldier and Horse by Heckel’s Horse Jr. (aka Edgeworth Johnstone) was included in Arms Around the Child, Christies London, Nov 2022 in association with IP Arts.

IP Arts

Group Show in Belgraves, September 2013 – March 2014,  London