John Squire’s War Child artwork to be auctioned

You can bid to the own the original painting

John Squire‘s artwork for the new War Child ‘Heroes’ compilation is to be auctioned off for the charity.

The former Stone Roses guitarist, who also provided the sleeve art for both previous War Child compilations, has donated the image for the online auction.

Bids for the original image and three signed prints can be made at


The image features childlike drawings of machine guns, influenced by the notion of children living in war zones.

“I did the first two War Child albums, so why not make it a hat trick? ” Squire told NME.COM of the artwork. “They told me Bowie and the Ramones might be involved, so the first two things I offered them were based on lyrics. They rejected those, I think over the last few years I’ve forgotten how to make record sleeves! So this is the final offering, it’s a bit literal now. I did some exhaustive research, found some psycho website full of guns.”

Meanwhile, this morning (March 18), Squire denied newspaper claims that The Stone Roses would be reforming this summer.