Blue Moon Rising: Bet with Badly Drawn Boy raises stock of in-demand Manchester artist

By Jeremy Culley

The new work of a leading Manchester artist has been a hit – despite being the result of a bet with best mate Badly Drawn Boy.

On the way to a match in London, Danny Cawley, a huge City fan, promised indie-singer mate Damon Gough, better known as Badly Drawn Boy, that he would paint him a blue moon if City won the Premier League.

After City clinched the title in May, Cawley fulfilled his pledge and his work, Blue Moon Rising, has proven popular, with thousands of City fans – and former player Paul Lake – buying copies.

Cawley said: “The blue moon represents the emergence of Manchester City and connected itself to the football club some years ago.”

He started painting after being a graffiti artist in central Manchester in the 1980s and deals with several stars from sport and music, with Simon Jones from The Verve the first musician to become a client.  

A series of follow-up commissions and signed prints will be made available, with Blue Moon a departure from Cawley’s usual freeform abstract style. 

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