At the initiative of graffiti artist and gallery owner Dean Stockton, aka D*Face, ten artists have joined forces with the Movember Foundation this month in a project called "Against the Wall".
Founded in 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,200 projects worldwide around the prevention of testicular and prostate cancer, mental illness and suicide. It also gets its name from a viral communication campaign to incite men to wear or grow a mustache ("Mo" being the diminutive), every year in November.
The "Against the Wall" movement aims to raise funds, gathering D*Face along with fellow international street art all stars including OBEY Shepard Fairey (USA), Invader (France), Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico), Okuda (Spain), Vhils (Portugal), Felipe Pantone (Argentina-Spain), Conor Harrington (Ireland), as well as portraitist Jonathan Yeo (UK). Each of them has created a unique art piece in his own style, inspired by open conversations about mental illness and suicide.
"What street art brings, for both the artist and the viewer, is a catalyst for conversation"
D*Face's contribution, "Console the Lonely", depicts an elegant man comforting another, presented with the skeletal face that distinguishes Stockton's work. It is an opportunity for him to emphasise that "many artists, including [him], have battled with issues of isolation and loneliness. What Street Art brings to the table for both artist and viewer alike is a catalyst for conversation, a common point of reference for casual discussion and precisely what men struggling with their mental health are in need of."
All 10 artists artworks will be on display at the Sotheby's galleries in London from November 16th to 19th as part of the exhibition "Contemporary Curated". The proceeds of their auction, on November 20th, will benefit the Movember Foundation to pursue its work. In addition to the sale of the original art pieces, the English gallery Stolen Space will also offer a limited number of exclusive prints by the artists participating in the project. They will go on sale from November on the gallery's website.