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Leading contemporary artist launches national poppy inspired print for the Royal British Legion

A beautiful print celebrating the poignant symbolism of the poppy – by Central St Martin’s graduate, Scarlett Raven is available at Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street now.

At just 28 years old, Scarlett Raven is a rising star on the contemporary art scene and has already gained the support of celebrity fans such as Orlando Bloom, Take That and Lord Jonathan Marland, all of whom are avid collectors of her work.

scarlet ravenFollowing the success of Raven’s opening exhibition night at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair, which drew famous faces such as the likes of singer Duffy and ITV television presenter, Kate Thornton, Raven has now launched a limited edition print from her original collection, The Eleventh Hour, across the UK.

With an edition of only 100, the print has been taken from an original piece of artwork that was donated to The Royal British Legion for auction at their Poppy Ball in order to raise funds for the charity. The limited edition prints have been hand embellished on box canvas, and will continue to raise money with £100 from each sale being donated to The Royal British Legion.

The print launch of Raven’s artwork comes at a particularly poignant time in this, the centenary of the beginning of World War I. This edition explores one of the most emotionally enduring and symbolically charged icons of war and remembrance, the poppy, and offers a timely reminder of fallen heroes and the First World War.

With this piece, Raven has created the world’s first virtual artwork using augmented reality app, Blippar. People can view the print through the app on any smart device, and see the whole process of how the painting came to life from the blank canvas to the finished work.

Kate Hale, Castle Fine Art, Molton Street’s Gallery Manager, said: “We are so pleased to be unveiling Scarlett’s print at the gallery, which will continue her fantastic work in partnership with The Royal British Legion.

“It is an incredibly emotive collection, so it comes as no surprise that Raven’s work has already had a lot of interest, including a growing celebrity scarlet raven1fan base.”

Having already been cited as a ‘Van Gogh in the making’, Raven’s vivacious attitude towards life and nature is reflected in her artwork.

Speaking of her work, Raven said: “The biggest influence and inspiration comes from the very earth we inhabit and the world which surrounds us. I am interested in what we leave behind, the way that translates into how we feel, and how our environment affects us. The growth of poppy fields amongst our fallen soldiers truly ignites the passion of the public and remains closely rooted in our consciousness as a symbol of remembrance.

“This collection is my most emotive and ambitious yet, and I am particularly excited to be able to share a print of the work that I created for The Royal British Legion, a charity I hold very close to my heart.”

Signed limited edition prints of Scarlett Raven’s work are available to view free of charge at Castle Fine Art, Molton Street now.

For more information visit Castle Fine Art, Molton Street, call 0207 629 2282 or visit www.castlefineart.com

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