Olivia Newton-John collaborates with Catalan illustrator
Hollywood star and artist work together on joint solidary project, after meeting each other at 20th anniversary of falling of Berlin wall
Olivia Newton-John’s latest work has a Catalan touch, as her newly released book-cum-album has been illustrated by Catalan artist Ignasi Blanch.
‘LIV-ON’ is a solidarity project dedicated to emotions one feels in the fight against cancer. Indeed the profits of the work will exclusively go to research on this illness.
Newton-John and Blanch met for the first time during the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin wall, back in 2009, and since then, their friendship has grown until they decided to work together.
‘LIV-ON’ consists of a book and an album, which reflect on the loss of Newton-John’s sister due to cancer.
"This is a project thought to explain what can be done for people suffering from cancer because it talks about the excitement of life, carrying on and getting over difficult moments"
Ignasi Blanch · Catalan illustrator
The art of Blanch, who comes from the Ebre river region in southern Catalonia, accompanies the texts and lyrics of the actress which many know as the co-star of ‘Grease.’
"Getting over difficult moments"
“This is a project thought to explain what can be done for people suffering from cancer because it talks about the excitement of life, carrying on and getting over difficult moments,” said Blanch.
Olivia Newton-John, patron of the Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Australia, wanted this project to coincide with the 40th anniversary of ‘Grease.’
Blanch is the coordinator of an illustration school in Barcelona and since 2005 he coordinates a project called ‘Let’s humanize hospitals,’ which illustrates and decorates rooms and corridors to make children’s stay in hospitals easier.