Who do these jeans belong to – and why am I holding them?

Why am I holding this pair of jeans? And who in the world do they belong to?

They are part of a commission I’m working on to paint a portrait of legendary former professional footballer Tim Cahill, who is the all-time leading goalscorer for Australia.

In addition to the Socceroos, he’s played for Millwall, Everton, the New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua, Hangzhou Greentown, Melbourne City and last played for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League.

Jeans for Genes Day

I’ve been commissioned to paint Tim’s portrait to Jeans for Genes Day. This is a major event on the calendar of the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

In this annual event, high profile individuals donate a pair of signed jeans. In the past, jeans have been donated from people like Cameron Diaz, Keith Urban, Jack Nicholson, Shane Warne, William Shatner, Chris Pine, Janet Jackson, to name a few.

Each pair of jeans is then incorporated into an artwork created by an artist. The artwork is then auctioned to raise money for the wonderful work at the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Sydney. This will happen on Saturday 20 June 2020.

This year, Tim Cahill has donated his jeans. You can see he’s signed the jeans below. And I have the honour and privilege to create the artwork. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute in this way and I look forward to sharing the journey with you!

Big shout out too to fellow artist Kenneth Lee who is painting performer Guy Sebastian, and artist Julie Peadon who is painting artistic director of the Australian Ballet, David McAllister – also for Jeans for Genes Day.


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By Valerie Khoo


June 7th, 2020
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