After a very successful launch in Bruton Street on May 15th, limited editions of street artist Temper’s new collection – cover:versions are now available in our gallery and on our website at http://www.originalartshop.co.uk
This is an absolutely superb collection of 12 limited editons based on the album covers of some of Temper’s favourite work he said ” Album covers were like an art gallery to me as a child, they had a magic about them that would transport me to another place; it provided me with a playground for my creativity and imagination”
Arron Bird (Temper) is a little (lot) younger than me, but I can identify with his words and his work – I grew up in the1960’s when boundaries in so many things were being broken – Bob Dylan led the crusade in making music more relevant to political and more serious issues, influencing other bands such as the Beatles to move away from the Ooo Ooo love songs onto producing songs with more cutting lyrics, Pink Floyd experimented with the new electronic music equipment to make sounds, the like of which were unheard of – I clearly remember my Dad catching me playing my air guitar to a Hendrix solo and being very embarrassed about it. Amongst all of this were the album sleeves – mini works of art available from your local branch on Boots the chemist or even better the local record shop (my local was called ” The Music Shop” – very creative!) listening to the new releases in a sound proof booth whilst admiring the work of Storm Thorgerson or Roger Dean – looking for references to the songs we were listening to.
Now, Temper has taken some of those works and added his own creativity to produce new fresh images that are full of depth and character. The background photo realistic painting is superb – and the addition of his B Boy characters give then a modern, vibrant and amusing twist. I love it when we have a collection of images in the gallery that make my customers smile and these certainly do that!
Here are a couple of the images – A B Boy Road based on Abbey Road by The Beatles – and Pink Gum based on Umma Gumma by Pink Floyd – with the image replicated in the artwork on the wall (with a few changes) and then replicated again and again in smaller and smaller dimensions. How many references to Pink Floyd songs can you spot in this image?