Last December I had the privilege to meet with Paul du Toit an inspiring man and great artist living in Hout Bay, Cape Town. We spoke about many things and we connected instantly. Paul mentioned his book that was going to be auctioned in New York in March and soI’m excited to see it’s all coming together for him! Apparently it also includes recipes from Batali, so we will need to have a copy 🙂
South African artist Paul du Toit and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu have joined forces to produce a “one of a kind” book.
The as yet unnamed book will go under the hammer in New York in March to raise funds for The Lunchbox Fund – whose supporters include Tutu and former US president Bill Clinton – and will feature quotes by the former.
Tutu wrote his quotes on vintage paper imported especially from Japan, while Du Toit used a woodcutting technique to illustrate his interpretation of the quotes.
The end product, Du Toit says, reflects “an ancient, timeless book”.
“Rather than making drawings, I wanted to create something extra-special and extend the project.”
The book is being produced along with other special editions, including a recipe book by chef Mario Batali and a photo album of 10 prints of John Lennon and Yoko Ono by rock photographer Bob Gruen .
Other contributors include Salman Rushdie, Deepak Chopra and musicians Hugh Masekela and Philip Glass.
The “artworks” will be on exhibition from March 6 at Pace Prints in New York, and the auction will take place on March 21.
All proceeds will go to The Lunchbox Fund, which provides a daily meal for impoverished children in South African townships.
Says Du Toit: “It was such an honour to have worked with the archbishop.
“His humour really came through. It was also nerve-racking, because the book is part of history.”