In Dubai: Brit Artist Sacha Jafri Paints Giant Canvas to Raise US$30M For Charity

Published September 27th, 2020 - 06:51 GMT

Artist Sacha Jafri is looking to make a big change in the world by using his art to raise funds for kids in need.

Since March, he has been spending his COVID-19 lockdown at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai where he has been working on what will be the world's largest painting on canvas.

The British artist has taken over the ballroom of a luxury hotel in Dubai to produce the largest painting ever created on canvas.

The 1,980-square-meter (over 21,000 square feet) artwork will be cut into separate panels, which painter Sacha Jafri is auctioning off in the hope of raising $30 million for charity. "The Journey of Humanity," the work is roughly equivalent in size to four NBA-regulation basketball courts. 

For seven months and at a pace of 18-20 hours a day, British artist Sacha Jafri has been working on his latest creation in Dubai with almost 300 layers and more than 5,000 liters of paint and about 1,000 brushes to create the world's largest art canvas. 

Sacha Jafri in his work melds themes of global politics, shared experience, and cityscapes. Frequently combines elements of curation and performance. Born in 1977 in the United Kingdom, the artist studied at Eton College where he received his MA in 1999. Shortly afterward, Jafri was awarded the 2000 British Painters Prize, marking the beginning of his rise to international prominence. His works have risen substantially in value, and are in the collections of Barack Obama, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, and other celebrities. The artist lives and works in Dubai, UAE.
 

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Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri works on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty

Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri works on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri (C) stands on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in pov

Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri (C) stands on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

British artist Sacha Jafri paces barefoot back and forth across his giant canvas stretched across the ballroom floor of a luxury Dubai hotel, listening to a young girl singing. (Instagram)

British artist Sacha Jafri paces barefoot back and forth across his giant canvas stretched across the ballroom floor of a luxury Dubai hotel, listening to a young girl singing. (Instagram)

Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)

Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)

Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)

Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)

‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)

‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)

‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)

‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)

It is the size of two football pitches and is worth £25m, Brit Sacha Jafri is set to make history creating the world’s biggest painting.  (Instagram)

It is the size of two football pitches and is worth £25m, Brit Sacha Jafri is set to make history creating the world’s biggest painting. (Instagram)

Sacha Jafri (Twitter)

Sacha Jafri (Twitter)

Sacha Jafri  (Instagram)
Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri works on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty
The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP
Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri (C) stands on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in pov
British artist Sacha Jafri paces barefoot back and forth across his giant canvas stretched across the ballroom floor of a luxury Dubai hotel, listening to a young girl singing. (Instagram)
Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)
Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)
‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)
‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)
It is the size of two football pitches and is worth £25m, Brit Sacha Jafri is set to make history creating the world’s biggest painting.  (Instagram)
Sacha Jafri (Twitter)
Sacha Jafri  (Instagram)
Sacha Jafri (Instagram)
Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri works on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty
Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri works on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP
The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP
The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP
Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri (C) stands on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in pov
Contemporary British artist Sacha Jafri (C) stands on his record-breaking painting entitled 'The Journey of Humanity' on September 23, 2020, in the Emirati city of Dubai. The painting, which measures the size of two football fields, can be seen at a hotel in Dubai, where Jafri spent months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The gigantic artwork is part of his project 'Humanity Inspired' and with it he hopes to raise 30 million USD to fund health and education initiatives for children living in poverty worldwide. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP
British artist Sacha Jafri paces barefoot back and forth across his giant canvas stretched across the ballroom floor of a luxury Dubai hotel, listening to a young girl singing. (Instagram)
British artist Sacha Jafri paces barefoot back and forth across his giant canvas stretched across the ballroom floor of a luxury Dubai hotel, listening to a young girl singing. (Instagram)
Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)
Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)
Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)
Artist Sacha Jafri aims to raise US$30 mln with giant canvas. (Instagram)
‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)
‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)
‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)
‘THE LARGEST PAINTING TO HAVE EVER BEEN CREATED ON CANVAS’ A PHILANTHROPIC HUMANITARIAN MISSION (Instagram)
It is the size of two football pitches and is worth £25m, Brit Sacha Jafri is set to make history creating the world’s biggest painting.  (Instagram)
It is the size of two football pitches and is worth £25m, Brit Sacha Jafri is set to make history creating the world’s biggest painting. (Instagram)
Sacha Jafri (Twitter)
Sacha Jafri (Twitter)