The ‘Angels’ hitmaker has collaborated with the interior designer for five years and is finally set to display all 14 pieces – including those by artists such as Damien Hirst, Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat – in the exhibition ‘Black and White Paintings’ celebrating 1990s rave culture, followed by an auction at Sotheby’s in London.
Regarding the exhibition, which will run from May 13 to 25, the 48-year-old singer said, “Art really is what you want it to be.
“Like music, it has the ability to soothe and provide companionship when you’re alone.”
Robbie and Ed are preparing to sell one of their own creations for the first time – a photo titled ‘Beverly’, which is set to fetch £20,000 at the Contemporary Curated auction – and the star believes in the ‘power’ that the music and art have influenced his approach to life.
He added: “Art and music have punctuated my ups and downs but, more importantly, they both have the power to change how I feel in an instant.”
The ‘Let Me Entertain You’ hitmaker compared the dynamic he shares with Ed to that of a band.
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Robbie explained: “Ed’s and my outlook on life and sensibilities are eerily similar. In terms of music, Ed plays the piano, while I write the melodies and lyrics.
“To continue the metaphor, we also write songs separately and put them together. We are in a group.
Meanwhile, Ed thinks the work they do together “takes the beat of everything playing”.
He added: “I create art and I can spend hours discussing art with Robbie because we have similar brains, which are in no way combative, just progressive and full of ideas all the time. .
“Our paintings take the beat of whatever is playing – and it’s usually electronic music.
“Everyone will see something different in each image, whether it’s the influence of the music being played at the time or something else.”
Robbie revealed he started ‘collecting’ when his solo career took off after leaving boy band Take That while sharing tips for ‘booming collectors’.
He said: “I started collecting when I wrote Angels, it gave me the financial ability to collect.
“For you budding collectors, my advice would be to buy what you like – I haven’t been disappointed.
“It’s important to engage with the art you buy, and you need to have an emotional response to the work.”