Artists Get What They Want by Painting It

New York couple makes wanting an art form
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
"A Little Shopping in SoHo" goes for $2,500.   (
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(Newser) – When Justin Gignac and Christine Santora wanted a pair of gold aviators, they painted a picture of the sunglasses and sold it for $243.84—then went out and bought the pair, for $243.84. The New York artists have amassed other luxuries, like dinner at Nobu, in the same fashion—but have also raised money for charities and Barack Obama, the Independent reports. started in 2007 as a personal project—and a means of recording what the 20-somethings wanted at this time in their lives. Within weeks, they sold eight paintings and received 40,000 hits, turning to fund-raising when they realized the potential impact. They have raised $5,000 for various charities, and $7,500 for Obama’s campaign. “More than anything,” says Santora, “it’s about having fun with art.”