Sunday, September 27, 2009

Popular Culture Artists at Scream Gallery

Currently on exhibit at Scream Gallery in London is a show described by the gallery as the "from the Symbolic Collection a selection of original artwork by current and past Popular Culture Artists." Scream Gallery is run by Jamie and Tyrone Wood, sons of Rolling Stones guitarist and artist Ronnie Wood. The exhibition, which opened September 24, includes original artwork by such well known names as Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Wood, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell.

Drawing by Johnny Cash
Drawing by Johnny Cash

In an interview with the Telegraph, Jamie Wood said:

"There is definitely a snobbery in the art world about work by celebrities who aren't deemed true 'artists'."

"When I started selling Dad's work 10 years ago, the so-called connoisseurs weren't interested because he wasn't an established painter, but now his works sell for more than half a million pounds because people recognise that he is an accomplished artist."

"These pictures, from popular cultural icons past and present, actually show so much more emotion than we see in much contemporary art these days, because they are by multifaceted artists whose creativity extends beyond just one dimension."

Some images of the pieces on exhibit can be seen at the BBC website. The exhibition closes October 31, 2009.


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