Now that London's Royal College of Art's Secret Sale (in aid of student bursaries and support) is over, I can reveal my contribution. Over 2,800 postcards are illustrated by artists and students and exhibited anonymously. Each costs £45 and the game is to pick one by an expensive artist like Damien Hirst or Grayson Perry and not get landed with a Rosie West.
Artists generally don't like to pin down the meaning of their work. I suppose mine are supposed to be seductive as little pictures in themselves and then remind one of the gross price of property; they glibly juxtapose the tradition of painting with nasty material values; or simply stand as a painterly documentation of a common phenomenon like the property ads blah blah blah..
They are possibly rather sketchy but you have to take a run at them since you only get given
three postcards and there's no room to mess up even more.
I have no idea how many of them sold but I know that my son pointed out one of mine to his girlfriend not realising his old ma had done it. Needless to say he didn't buy it.
All illustrations © Rosie West