ARTIST and performer Walter DeForest will attempt to break Yorkshire artist David Gilhooley’s Guinness 2014 World Record for “The Most Portraits Sketched In 12 hours”. The attempt will take place between 8am-8pm on Edinburgh's Royal Mile on Wednesday, 10 August. 

DeForest, who is undertaking a three week performance run in London and Edinburgh of his interactive art performance show based on Vincent Van Gogh's life, Van Gogh Find Yourself (#VGFY), is pretty confident that he can beat Gilhooley’s record of 152 sketches. 

Of the challenge DeForest said: “Vincent [Van Gogh] painted and drew quickly. That is how at the end of his life he was painting three paintings a day and wrote about an out of body experience while painting, watching it happen but not actively doing it".

I am looking forward to this challenge and I'm extremely pleased that all proceeds given on the day will go to Support in Mind Scotland

With his long red beard Walter DeForest who bears a striking resemblance to the art legend is urging the public to get behind his epic charity record-breaking attempt.

"I am looking forward to this challenge and I'm extremely pleased that all proceeds given on the day will go to Scottish mental health Charity, Support in Mind Scotland.  

"If Van Gogh were alive today, I feel he would have approved. Van Gogh was a self-taught artist who, much like myself, lived a life plagued by depression.  I think this type of event would have brought a wry smile".

If you would like to take part in ensuring Walter DeForest breaks the world record just make sure you  drop by Adam Statue (above) on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh from 8am-8pm.  Not only will you help Support in Mind Scotland but you’ll also walk away with your own world record breaking DeForest #VGFY portrait. 

Van Gogh Find Yourself (#VGFY ) 29/30 July, Drayton Arms SW1 8pm 

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6-27 August 2016 14:25 (55 mins) (Except Wed) @ NFK 55 Clerk St EH8 9JQ PBH Free Show

Walter DeForest #VGFY Guinness World Record Attempt, Adam Statue Royal Mile 10 August 2016 8.00am-8.00pm.

 

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