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In 1990, Alain Despert’s image of the Absolut bottle floating in the lagoon of Bora Bora was selected for the world famous Absolut Vodka advertising campaign.


“As we stand on the brink of a new century, new forms of expression are being created all around us. We are in fact witnessing an explosion of creativity unrivaled in our time. Absolut has chosen these artists because they are on the  forefront of this activity”  

 -Michel Roux, CEO Carillon Importers, Ltd.

1997 Best Buddies 

 In 1997, Alain Despert created a painting for Best Buddies. At that time he was just finishing his Santa Fe Series.  The image depicts two Native American friends wrapped warmly together and surrounded by layers of hearts. The original painting was donated to the foundation and the image was produced as a limited edition, 14 color lithograph to help raise funds for this important cause.  Best Buddies is an international organization that was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Other artists who have contributed include: Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Julian Schnabel, Robert Rauschenberg and Jim Dine.

1998 GATA

In 1998, Alain was asked to create an image for GATA to help raise funds for the non-profit organization. This image was produced as a limited edition of 300.

GATA was formed to help release the suppressed price of Gold. As a result, thousands of people suffering in South Africa will be able to return to work in the mines and lift their families out of  poverty and disease.

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2000 Midwest Aids Prevention Project 

 Alain Despert has generously contributed to many worthwhile causes. In 2000, he created this original painting, titled “The Dance” to be auctioned at the annual Midwest Aids Prevention Project event held at the Ford Mansion in Detroit, Michigan.

“The Dance” represents all those joining together to help the cause for awareness, research and prevention of AIDS.


In 2001, Absolut marketing genius, Michel Roux, contacted Alain Despert to once again help introduce a new product, ABSENTE. Alain created a painting of “The Green Fairy” with her head resting gently on the Absente bottle. The full page ad ran in magazines such as Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator. Alain chose the green fairy subject to represent the hallucination that many reported seeing after experiencing the original version of Absente (since banned) during the early 1900 Paris café society days.

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2001 Dallas Mural

The Fairmont at the Arts District Hotel in Dallas (located one block from the Dallas Museum of Art) commissioned the artist to paint a large scale (300 sq. meters) outdoor mural. The mural is located in the center of the terrace level of the hotel between the pool and gardens where many weddings, private parties and special events are held. Alain chose the theme of “White Flowers” to enhance the elegance of the special occasions. The striking White Flowers can be seen from many skyscrapers in the heart of Dallas and from several freeways downtown.

2010 Superyacht Project

Alain Despert was commissioned by the owner of a new 85m (280ft.) superyacht to create the predominent work his yacht. Alain's painting was reproduced in glass and backlit to create a dramatic effect in the main salon. Several other paintings were selected from the artist's studio for the project.


2004 - 2011 International Tahiti Pearl Regatta


In 2004, Alain Despert was selected as the official artist for the Tahiti Pearl Regatta. He created a painting of a beautiful vahine (Tahitian for woman) blowing wind against the sail of a boat decorated with flags from various countries. This image was used to create a poster for the event. The poster was displayed in yacht clubs around the world to help promote the regatta. The image was so much in demand that the regatta sponsors used it again for 2005 and have continued to use it each year.


2013 Caffe Cordina - 175 years


Alain Despert was commissioned by the owner of the most beautiful and prestigious Caffe Cordina in Valletta, Malta to create a painting to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the iconic cafe. The painting was unveiled by His Excellency, Dr. George H. Abela, President of Malta, at the ceremony to commemorate the event. The painting is permanently installed on the walls this historic building, formerly the Treasury of the Order of the Knights of St. John.


Corporate and Private Commissions 



Alain Despert has accepted many commissions over the years, from both private and corporate collectors.  For example (above): The Beachcomber InterContinental Hotels commissioned Alain to create a painting of each property:  Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahiti.


Another example (below): A private collector commissioned Alain to create a triptych of classic cars based on his “Cars of the Fifties” series.  If it is a subject that inspires him, Alain will most likely accept the commission (based on his schedule at the time).