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Joanne paints picture of hope for youngsters
Foundation success for Yorkshire artist and rock legend's sister
By Geoff Fox
A WEST Yorkshire artist is celebrating after seeing a foundation she set up with the sister of rock legend Michael Hutchence come to fruition.
The Michael Hutchence Scholarship Foundation was established a year ago after the former INXS frontman's sister Tina was inspired by a portrait of her brother painted by Castleford artist Joanne Shaw.
The foundation, which has been using prints of Joanne's artwork to raise funds, is set to aid struggling artists as well as youngsters in real need around the world.
And Miss Hutchence, inset, has announced the first beneficiary is 14-year-old A Luo from Tibet. He has recently become an orphan and he and his siblings are surviving on the sale of herbs. Now the boy's education has been secured which Joanne, together with manager Alan Black, say is great news.
She said: "I'm so delighted that my art work is having so far-reaching effects and potentially altering other people's lives.
"It's nice to think that maybe one of the people we end up sponsoring and supporting could go on to be world famous in their field."
Mr Black said: "Joanne's art work has generated much of this and the foundation will hopefully go on to bigger and better things which will be to the benefit of even more people."
The funding for A Luo came about in a tie-up between the Michael Hutchence Scholarship Foundation and the Angel Covers Foundation, which provides direct support to orphanages around the world.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post from her home in California, Miss Hutchence said: "Michael would be especially emotional to know that his fans have donated to A Luo."
Mr Black said the next step for the foundation was to gain backing from the business community to ensure more youngsters around the globe can benefit from better opportunities.
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As seen in 'Yorkshire Evening Post' 01/03/2006

As seen in 'THE WEEKLY NEWS' 12/10/2005
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PRAISED: Joanne Shaw with her painting of Michael Hutchence which touched his sister "to the core"

Tragic rock star brought to life
By Geoff FOX

THE sister of rock star Michael Hutchence has told how a West Yorkshire artist moved her
close to tears with a painting of her brother on the seventh anniversary of his death.
Tina Hutchence, speaking from her home in Los Angeles, told the YEP she was in awe of the talents of Castleford's Joanne Shaw who has just uploaded the painting onto her rock art website as well as sending copies via email to Tina and Michael's mother Patricia Glassop
in Australia.

Tina said: "I could hardly breathe as inch by inch Michael's image appeared on my monitor. Every stroke of Joanne's talent brought Michael to life and touched my heart to the core. I felt as if I could reach out and touch his curls, stroke his cheek. Michael's Family praises work of Yorks artisthad the most expressive eyes, nobody has ever got them right until now; it is remarkable.

"I am speechless each time I look at this portrait. I can say that Michael himself would have been astonished and in awe of Joanne's talent. I am so grateful that Joanne was
inspired to carry it through."

The star's mother wrote to Joanne saying: "I was so touched and thrilled when I saw the actual painting. It is as though you knew him. Since Michael's death I have received many images of Michael from various fans, friends and strangers, but I must say your portrait is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes."

She added: "You have made me a happier person."

Miss Shaw admitted: "I've never had the family of one of my subjects respond in such a positive way before. It's something I'd hoped for and it certainly makes it all worthwhile. After all, they are the only people truly qualified to say whether I really have captured the essence of Michael."Based on a never-seen-before photo, the painting took a week to complete, with
the artist often working late into the night and listening to INXS music throughout.
Miss Shaw is now in discussions with the family about working on further projects.

The People's choice Winner,
The Daily Mail Nottheturnerprize Competition 2004
Joanne at the Wild Goose Gallery with the winning picture
I am delighted to inform you that Joanne's painting Wet Pebbles has been voted as the people's choice winner of the Daily Mails Nottheturnerprize 2004, this is a tremendous achievement, more so following the announcement earlier this week that she had been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, before Joanne went into orbit l managed to get her to say just what it has all meant to her.

"Please tell everyone who has voted for me and those who just enjoy viewing my artwork, how much l appreciate their support, l have always stated l'm a peoples artist, and this has given me such a tremendous boost, it is without doubt the most exciting thing so far in my career, my most sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone".

Joanne Shaw

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