Artist behind world’s largest painting hopes to raise $30M for charity

British artist Sacha Jafri stands on his 1,980-square-meter painting Credit: Pyong Sumaria

A British artist has taken over the ballroom of a luxury hotel in Dubai to produce the largest painting ever created on canvas.

Upon its completion next month, the 1,980-square-meter (over 21,000 square feet) artwork will be cut into separate panels, which painter Sacha Jafri is auctioning off in the hope of raising $30 million for charity.

Titled “The Journey of Humanity,” the work is roughly equivalent in size to four NBA-regulation basketball courts. It is being painted at Atlantis The Palm hotel in Dubai, where Jafri has been based for over five months — during which time the United Arab Emirates introduced lockdown measures in the city to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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