ONE of Sheffield’s most famous sons has given the city’s art scene a welcome boost.
Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has donated a painting from his personal collection by celebrated British artist Damien Hirst to Museums Sheffield.
The artwork, entitled Beautiful Morana Dysgeusia Painting for Jarvis (with Diamonds), will be on display at the Graves Gallery, Surrey Street from Thursday. It was made especially for him by Hirst, famous for iconic work such as The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a full-size shark suspended in formaldehyde.
The long-term loan came after Sheffield-born music legend Jarvis heard of the plight of Museums Sheffield, which was hit by funding cuts earlier this year.
Cocker – also a patron of the Site Gallery in Sheffield – was keen to encourage more people to visit the city’s galleries in light of the challenges. The huge circular painting, which measures almost two metres in diameter is covered in synthetic diamonds.
Sian Brown, curatorial services manager at Museums Sheffield, said: “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to share this fantastic work with the people of Sheffield.”