Ode to London
Ode to London
80 x 50 cm
Unframed limited edition of 40
Giclée print on somerset enhanced paper 330gsm.
Vibrant colours, printed by Jealous Gallery, London.
Signed by the artist.
About the Picture
'Ode to London'. is a celebration of keystone Britons who have influenced the art, fashion & music worlds & their legacies, a cultural 'Where's Wally?' of London's 'epicness'.
Every person featured and where they are placed, tells a mini story within the image.
For example: British born Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor, lost, checking a map by the Thames and houses of Parliament. In front is the Camden street art by Trust Icon, of C. S Lewis' 'Alice in Wonderland' being warned by Victorian coppers for public drinking. Elizabeth Taylor famously battled with drink in her Hollywood 'wonderland'.
David Bowie's iconic star man portrait, with his final black star on his chest and street artist, Fanakapan's 'star' balloons* floating in front of him. Bowie is also at the very centre of the piece on the black door.
Flanked by London royalty, fashion royalty (Westwood) and music royalty (Freddie Mercury), Bowie is discreetly centre stage as overall King - for being an icon of fashion, music and art.
*photographed on Star Yard, London.
I created this piece as a backlash to the confusion & chaos of Brexit. What lies ahead for London?
The vibrant streaks of colour, traveling through time, flank the central stage. Eyes drawn into a rich world of definite conversations bewteen, past present and future.
History echoed in the architecture, characters and scenes within the piece, translate closely to surrounding characters, all asking the underlying question, "Where is London heading?"
Kings Cross, The Royal Academy, The Houses of Parliament, The Roundhouse all set against the solid structure of Tate Modern. Fashionable Victorian dandies emerge looking not dissimilar to current trends, wearing Westwood & sporting Katharine Hamnett's Slogan 'Save Our Future'.
Walkie Talkie building
The London Eye
Houses of Parliament
Countess of Devonshire - Thomas Gainsborough
Rocky Horror lIps / Tim Curry
John Keats 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'
The Who/ Mods
David & Victoria Beckham / Pegasus
Purdy / Joanna Lumley
Naomi Campbell/ Kate Moss
Sean Connery/ Bond
Florence (Welch) & The Machine
Paul/ Stella/ Linda McCartney
Blur / Oasis
Alice in Wonderland / Trust Icon
Bond/ Daniel Craig
Chelsea Flower show
Beatles cover / Sir Peter Blake
Shark in formaldehyde - Damien Hirst