Thursday, May 3, 2012
AMY Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain and Saddam Hussein will take centre stage at a major new art exhibition opening in Weston today (Thursday).
The Gallery@ in Locking Road will tonight unveil a dazzling new display of urban artworks featuring contributors from both sides of the Atlantic.
The Resurrection will feature a number of pieces inspired by famous names from the world of music, movies and public life who are no longer with us.
These include popular figures like Tupac Shakur and Jimi Hendrix – and nefarious characters like Adolf Hitler and Fred West.
Weston’s own Jamie Scanlon – known as JPS – will be heading the event, which also features a number of other local talents.
However, the exhibition also features Mason Storm, one of the biggest names on Britain’s urban art scene, and Los Angeles-based street artist Free Humanity.
Jamie, who will be featured in a Bizarre magazine later this month after winning its competition with a controversial portrait of Raoul Moat, says the exhibition will be a big event for the town.
The 34-year-old said: “This will be the biggest exhibition Weston’s ever had, with over 25 artists including the Los Angeles street artist Free Humanity, arts enfant terrible Mason Storm from London.
“Cartrain is also on the line-up after gaining fame from his ongoing war with Damien Hirst. At least six of the artists I have selected from the local area and I have others from all over the UK, most of which will be attending the opening.
“The artists have worked to the concept I created of bringing back the famous and infamous in any medium they desire - and from bits I’ve seen so far, some great work is on its way.”
Kevin Bounds, trustee at The Gallery@, added: “Our principle activity is to make sure we develop, promote and support artists in Weston and we are delighted to be showing such an exciting exhibition.”
The exhibition opening night will run from 7-10pm from tonight until May 14.