25th November 2013
Have you seen this painting?
Artwork bought from MintARTS as a gift for “Arctic 30” journalist Kieron Bryan stolen from boot of car
Mint Art Gallery is sending out a plea to anyone who has seen this oil painting by artist Kate Ellis, bought at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park on 24th October 2013. Valerie Fletcher whose son-in-law Russell is the brother of Kieron Bryan, bought this painting Project Damp Studio #1 as a welcome home present for Kieron when he is released from the Russian prison. Unfortunately, someone broke into the boot of Valerie’s car and stole the painting. The police have traced it to Westminster through CCTV footage but they are not optimistic that the painting would be recovered.
Valerie felt a deep connection with the painting as it reminded her of the pictures in the news of the Arctic with part of the white hull of the ship covered in sea spray. She thought it would be the perfect present for Kieron to recover from his ordeal when he got home.
Kieron Bryan is a freelance video journalist currently being held in Russia as part of the “Arctic 30” detainees. He was contracted by Greenpeace to document its campaign on the issue of the Russians drilling oil in the Arctic circle. He was aboard the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise when it was raided by Russian special forces in international waters and arrested. Kieron and the other detainees initially faced piracy charges which carry a 15 year jail term. This was downgraded to lesser charges of “hooliganism” which could still see Kieron and his fellow shipmates detained for more than seven years. The detainees have been transferred from the port city of Murmansk to St Petersburg pending a further bail hearing. On 22 November Kieron Bryan and most of the Arctic 30 have been released on bail. After being released from prison, Kieron Bryan said: "We should keep fighting, we are not free yet. This is a first step and a glimmer of justice but it's not finished.”
Anyone who has seen this painting Project Damp Studio, please contact MintARTS or the police directly. To keep up-to-date with Kieron Bryan and the Arctic 30, please follow and support freekieron; greenpeace; ipetitions for journalists and @freekieron.
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