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Icons: The Glam Rock Years

Clerkenwell Gallery
20 Clerkenwell Green

24th July to 28th July 2018
Private viewing on the evening of 24 July

An exhibition of new contemporary paintings inspired by some of the world’s biggest names in music including David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed entitled Icons – The Glam Rock Years features seven large-scale paintings by Gravesend-based contemporary artist Stuart Dalzell, which will transfer to Clerkenwell Gallery on 24 July. This is Dalzell’s first show after an absence of seven years and sees the unveiling of new work fusing his passion for music with his love for art, creating a visual Greatest Hits of his favourite era in rock ’n’ roll.

The seven classic albums include: Electric Warrior by T.Rex, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie and Raw Power by Iggy Pop.

Stuart Dalzell said: “Britain in the early 70s was a depressing place, nobody could have realised that such grim times would provide the perfect environment for the birth of a new era in music – Glam Rock.

“It was decadent, shocking, glamorous, and incredibly exciting. It swaggered in lipstick and heels and delivered the perfect antidote for the times, firing the imagination of a new generation and outraging every parent in the UK. From Bowie to Bolan, Glam provided the perfect escape for every bored teenager — and that included me!

“These paintings are the reinvention of my first seven LPs (all Glam Rock classics) as a collection of abstract paintings — channelling the music and the lyrics into a painted image — the soundtrack of my misspent youth on canvas.”

All seven paintings use a combination acrylic paints, pastels, charcoal and mixed media. Each painting is an impressive 5ft high and 4ft wide.

Dalzell has been especially enthralled by the genius of David Bowie who became his idol after seeing him in concert in 1973 nearby in Chatham, Kent. Since then Dalzell has seen Bowie perform in venues across the world. In 2016 Dalzell was featured in the V&A Museum’s documentary, David Bowie is Happening, celebrating the David Bowie historical archive. He also contributed to the recent publication My Bowie Story by Dale K. Perry.

Dalzell, who has previously exhibited alongside Tracey Emin, Banksy and Grayson Perry, has shown work for 20-years across the UK including major shows in Manchester and London,

In 2002 he sold his painting Arcade Game to one of the world’s biggest contemporary art collections, The Haskell Collection, which includes some of the best-known artists including Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.

Paintings in the collection include (and can be viewed on his website):

·       Darling, I love Candy! – inspired by Lou Reed album, Transformer.

·       GlamPop USA (the forgotten boy) – inspired by the Jobriath album, Creatures of the Street.

·       Lipstick & Heels – inspired by The New York Dolls’ album, New York Dolls.

·       Stardust Warrior (Tribute to Ronson) – inspired by the classic Bowie album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.

·       Dragon Head Boogie – inspired by the T.Rex album, Electric Warrior.

·       Reptile – inspired by the Bowie album, Aladdin Sane.

·       Soul Variation –  inspired by Iggy and the Stooges album, Raw Power.

Icons – The Glam Rock Years opens in his hometown of Gravesend, at The Blake Gallery (named after the artist Sir Peter Blake), on Wednesday 11 July until Wednesday 18 July, with a private viewing on the evening of 11 July. The exhibition then transfers to London’s Clerkenwell Gallery for a limited run from Tuesday 24 July until Saturday 28 July. Private viewing on the evening of 24 July. Each painting is for available for sale and can be viewed online at  In addition, signed limited edition prints are also available for purchase.


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