This page presents the second series of Cocoon’s by Charlie Ryan of what will be twelve planned collections to be released on the Winter Solstice each year for twelve years — with no more than six pairs of Cocoon’s created annually.
However unlike other collections created by the artist, all but one of the artworks will be put to silent auction at the time of the solstice exhibition each year.
With the intention that half of the return from each artwork be enchested and considered as an endowment of patronage towards the support and production of the artists’ own creative projects within the community for the next year. Which will then be presented back within the publication of the following years’ collection.
Making this not only a chance to acquire one of these rare and beautiful paintings, but also the opportunity to take part in a greater journey with the artist.
The Silent Auction opened on 24 June 2022 at 5.30pm (AEST) and closed on Sunday 10 July 2022 at 5.30pm (AEST).
Bidding took place in person at the exhibition and online.
The Veiled Painting
At each of the artists’ 3 previous solo exhibitions he has presented a veiled artwork wrapped in brown paper and string, and auctioned them with no minimum opening bid.
Titled the ‘Veiled Painting’, these mysterious artworks represent an opportunity for a member of the community to own the experience of sharing a piece of art privately with the artist. And in the case of these unique paired works, one will be wrapped for auction and the other to be kept by the artist, and to be unveiled at the exhibition.
The catch is that the successful buyer cannot view the artwork until they have successfully purchased it with their winning bid.