Last year a DJ saved my life 2021

I turned to music.

It has always played a very important part in my creative process, but it has also been my therapy, my escape, my emotional well-being and my pure joy. Essentially an ode to the visual art of album covers, this exhibition celebrates my favorites. 

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Patti

Acrylic on canvas

100 x 100cm

Joggie album covers

Hand cut stencil, spray paint and acrylic on wood

25 x 25cm

Variable edition of 10

David Bowie
David Bowie

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Freshlyground
Freshlyground

Freshlyground – Can’t stop Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Van Morrison
Van Morrison

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Nirvana
Nirvana

Nirvana – Nevermind Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Yazoo
Yazoo

Yazoo – Upstairs at Eric’s Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond – The Jazz Singer Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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The Doors
The Doors

The Doors – The Doors Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Bruce Springstee
Bruce Springstee

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Prince
Prince

Prince – Purple Rain Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Eurythmics
Eurythmics

Eurythmics – Touch Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Queen
Queen

Queen - Queen II Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol - The Velvet Underground Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull – Broken English Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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The Beatles
The Beatles

The Beatles – Revolver Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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The Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Patti Smith
Patti Smith

Patti Smith - Horses Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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The Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys – Licensed to III Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Madonna
Madonna

Madonna – True Blue Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Grace Jones
Grace Jones

Grace Jones – Slave to the Rhythm Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Nick Cave
Nick Cave

Nick Cave – The Boatman’s Call Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley - G.I. Blues Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Karen Zoid
Karen Zoid

Karen Zoid – Ultimate Zoid Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Miles Davis
Miles Davis

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Hugh Masekela
Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela – Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin - Pearl Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm

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Nina Simone
Nina Simone

Nina Simone - My baby just cares for me Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - IV Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Eminem
Eminem

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley and the Wailers

Bob Marley and the Wailers– Legend Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on wood. 25 x 25cm Variable edition of 10

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Annie

Acrylic on canvas

90 x 90cm

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Nina

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 60cm

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Voices

Acrylic on canvas

180 x 135cm

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

In the bleak opening line of the July 1969 release of the one-hit-wonder song “In the year 2525” by Zager and Evans, it asks the poignant question ”if man is still alive?” and goes on to predict the distant future in a serious of blatantly bizarre scenarios. Never before in the lifespan of this song, exactly one month younger than myself, has it been more relevant than in the early months of 2020’s Covid 19 pandemic chaos.

Everyone I know panicked in their own way, from anger to despair and a whole lot of uncertainty mixed in, the reality of man’s demise was never more palpable. Everyone also coped in his or her own way. Some baked, some wrote and some switched onto social media while others avoided it like the plaque, or at least tried to.

I turned to music.

Music has always played a very important part in my creative process, but it has also been my therapy, my escape, my emotional well being and my pure joy. Trapped in a very small apartment during the first few months of lockdown I turned to mainly Spotify and made a few hundred different play lists within the first few weeks and in the process dove head first into finding some of the most obscure hits from all eras and new genres of music I had never even heard about before. It worked and occupied my curiosity, sense of adventurous research and often kept me from fretting about reality.

I used music to cope and stay at home safely and it aided me in dealing with the challenges. Luckily a fabulous soundtrack now accompanied all the problems and worries.

This exhibition is therefore a thank-you-tribute-exhibition to celebrate and acknowledge the absolute power of song, the extraordinary musicians who create this wonder and most prominently the albums they made to tell complete and complex stories.It is also a celebration of the by now almost extinct art of Album Covers which played such an important role in my early visual language development.

As a long time collector, admirer of and complete album art enthusiast I had the great pleasure to create my very own album art in 2018 when I designed the cover for one of my favorite bands ever. Can't Stop by Freshlyground was a complete dream come true job and I am including a stencil artwork of this album to acknowledge the importance it played in my career and aspiration as a pop artist.

The exhibition consist of two parts: one will be a new series of stencil artworks ( similar to Cast and Crew of 2008) of all of my favorite and iconic Album Covers and the second is a few paintings reinterpreting a selection of these covers.