The Australian Artist Making a Difference in New York City
Like the rest of the world, we've had South-African born, Australia-raised artist CJ Hendry on our radar for quite a while now—her mind-bogglingly realistic pen drawings of everyday items from sneakers to handbags always require a double-take. The 'too perfect to be real' effect of her work has also caught the attention of the entire world (she has over 200,000 Instagram fans and Kanye West even bought a piece of her genius art).
But the New York-based artist is making a mark not just in the art world but in the world of hundreds of kids in her home-base of New York City, thanks to her mesmerising illustrations.
Last year, the artist announced that the all the proceeds of her pen drawing of black paint-dipped Nike sneakers would go to non-profit Sheltering Arms, which helps to strengthen the education, wellbeing and development of young, vulnerable children in New York City. But not as funds—as sneakers.
On her Instagram page, the artist announced that tomorrow, in partnership with NYC sneaker store Kith, the $130,000 USD that her pen art raised will be given the charity in the form of hundreds of sneakers for less-fortunate kids. She may be garnering up to $50,000 for a piece of art and has Kayne knocking on her door, but she certainly doesn't forget the little people.