At Large  August 25, 2020  Chandra Noyes

Artist Sacha Jafri Creates World's Largest Painting


Sacha Jafri and The Journey of Humanity

Artist Sacha Jafri isn’t afraid of a good challenge, and the British artist has taken on a big one: to raise $30 million dollars for charity by creating the world’s largest painting on canvas. On lockdown in the luxurious Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, Jafri has turned the grand ballroom into a studio, filling the space that would usually host weddings and banquets with canvasses.

Titled The Journey of Humanity, Jafri’s painting is the length of two football fields end to end, and almost 6,000 square feet overall. To aid in this herculean task, the artist has called on the assistance of the children of the world. Young people aged two to eighteen years are invited to send in their artworks to be included in the project.


A post shared by Sacha Jafri 🙏🏻 (@sachajafri) on

Via email, children can submit works in any medium on the subjects of separation/isolation or connection, themes we can all relate to in the age of social distancing. Printed versions of the artworks will be affixed to the canvas in large circles the artist calls portals. Through the collective imaginations of children, Jafri hopes to create a hopeful vision of the future.

The massive painting is in Jafri’s trademark style: vibrant abstraction in colorful splashes and smears which he calls magical realism. For the past eighteen years, the artist has been selling works to raise money for charity. According to his website, he has raised over $60 million dollars thus far and counts amongst his collectors Bill Gates, Madonna, and Barack Obama.

Once The Journey of Humanity is completed, the artist plans to have it certified by the Guinness Book of World Record as the world’s largest painting on canvas. It will then be cut down into sixty smaller works and sold at auction. Hoping to raise $30 million, the individual works would run $500,000 each. Jafri is calling the project Humanity Inspired and plans to donate the proceeds to charities that support health and education for children worldwide.

About the Author

Chandra Noyes

Chandra Noyes is the former Managing Editor for Art & Object.

Subscribe to our free e-letter!


Latest News

Camden Art Centre Presents Allison Katz: Artery
For more than a decade, Allison Katz has been exploring painting’s relationship…
The Art of Fall in Nine Works
Here we look at nine examples of beautiful autumnal imagery and spirit. From…
Darryl Westly: A Dream Deferred

1969 Gallery presents A Dream Deferred, Darryl…

10 New Art Museums You Need to Know About in 2022
The art market turmoil of the past two years—including shutdowns, mask mandates…
VMFA Presents Man Ray: The Paris Years
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announces its upcoming exhibition, Man Ray:…