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Saturday 17 November 2018

Artist Sharkey wakes up to new success with designer duvet deal

Artist Kevin Sharkey has scooped an exclusive new deal with an international bedding company to design a range of luxury duvets.

The controversial artist is delighted to have his life back on track. He racked up huge debts and ended his engagement last year, but has now been sober for a year.

Despite admitting his "love life is dead", he told the Herald: "I'm over the moon. I've never felt better. I've just been focusing on getting better and these days it's great to be busy."

The philanthropic Donegal native, whose latest exhibition is on display in the Dame Street Gallery until May 14, has bagged a lucrative contract with Dutch bedding company Broring.

Celebrate

The company approached him to create a limited edition range of bedding with prints of some of his most famous works to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Just 14 samples went on sale in Amsterdam last weekend and sold out in a matter of hours, making them Broring's most successful range ever.

Kevin, who was once named Ireland's most collectible artist, is now set to launch his own range of upmarket satin bedwear entitled Ssh and he has also been approached by Swedish company Carpe Diem to design a range for their 17 stores worldwide.

The new ranges will cost €350 per duvet set and bisexual Sharkey admitted he hopes "it will be my pension".

aanderson@herald.ie

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