Award-winning artist is left destroyed after her painting is designed to raise money for bushfire victims
- An artwork by Laura Jones was stolen from a studio in Sydney on Friday evening
- The work was painted for a bushfire relief fundraiser on Wednesday
- The artist has made a genuine plea for his return and offers amnesty to the thieves
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An award-winning artist has asked for help in locating a thief who stole a painting she had made to raise money for bushfire victims.
A few days after a charity event, the painting of native flowers by artist Laura Jones was stolen from a photo studio in Mascot in southern Sydney.
The work was saved before the HOME Bushfire Relief art auction on Wednesday, with the aim of raising funds for the Australian bushfire crisis.
The thief told the photo studio staff that they were “looking for something to decorate their home” before leaving the building with the painting under their arm.
Sydney artist Laura Jones said she was frustrated that her artwork was stolen because it was made for the purpose of helping those affected by forest fires
The artist shared a photo of the CCTV recordings on which the thief left the building with her painting
The Sydney artist has offered amnesty to the thieves and has insisted on restitution of the painting so that the work can raise money for those affected by the forest fires of the nation.
‘TO THE PERSON THAT TAKEN IT, if you see this: return the painting in time for the auction. I don’t care how it is brought back, I just hope you can drop the ANONYMOUS IN A PUBLIC PLACE such as a library, cafe, community center or cafe or wherever you want to leave, “she wrote.
The painting of ‘Flowering Gum and Burnt Banksia’ is inspired by the charred natives in the Blue Mountains property of a family member who was severely affected by the forest fires.
The painter said she was frustrated because the work was stolen because it was made for the purpose of helping others.
‘Like all my work, I put a lot of hard work and love into it. But this one is especially for me because many of my family and close friends have been affected by the fires and I have made a lot of myself to make it especially for this auction, “she wrote.
The thief was caught on a CCTV camera and left with the painting.
As they walked out of the studio with the artworks, they left thousands of dollars in photography equipment behind.
Sydney artist Laura Jones told Daily Mail Australia that she was “alarmed but amused” by the theft. “
“The funny thing is that the painting is still very wet, so he probably walks around in the act.”
The Sydney artist has offered amnesty to the thieves and has urged the painting to be returned so that the work can raise money for those affected by the forest fires of the nation
“I think he was probably just decorating … or maybe he stole it for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. It’s a bit strange to steal because he can’t sell it or do something with it because it’s a one-off. “
She said it was particularly devastating given the circumstances surrounding the reason why the painting was made.
“I put a lot of love into it and made sure it had that personal story. I chose to add Australian native flowers just to honor much of what we lost in the fires, “she said.
“The fires are so emotionally tiring for anyone affected – even when you’re in town and bothered by bushfire smoke or when you know that someone you know is stuck or whose house catches fire or burns down – it just wasn’t the kind of summer we all used.
The images from the CCTV have been transferred to the New South Wales police, who are investigating the theft.
The painter is hopeful that she will get the painting back, but said it is probably unlikely, so she decided to donate another work for the fundraiser instead.
Laura Jones is a prize-winning artist, including being named a 2019 finalist in Australia’s most lucrative art prize, the Archibald.
Her works are usually priced around $ 6,0000 but usually get about twice the amount at an auction.
Laura Jones (photo) was a 2019 finalist in Australia’s most lucrative art prize, the Archibald