Category Archives: Post-Punk

John Lydon art – new PiL album cover, What the World Needs Now

John Lydon art: painting on PiL album cover

John Lydon art – front cover of What the World Needs Now © John Lydon/Public Image Ltd 2015

John Lydon art graces the album cover of the new PiL release, What the World Needs Now.

The front cover has a scary-looking dude in a full colour faux-naif style. He looks as if he’d like to cause trouble. The back cover has a monochrome character with a similarly mean disposition.

It’s just the kind of expressive, confrontational stuff you’d expect from ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon (aka johnny Rotten). The witty, deep-thinking former Sex Pistol, the singer who used to call himself Johnny Rotten, is as engaging in his painting as he is in his music and in real life.

More John Lydon art on singles releases

Four other striking pieces of John Lydon art make up an impressive small portfolio created for the current PiL project – two pieces of cover art for the single, Double Trouble, plus covers for Bettie Page and The One, a pair of vinyl 7″ limited edition singles, due on 13 November.

Take a look at the Public Image Ltd website to enjoy this impressive mini-gallery of paintings by John Lydon.

Oasis photos and memorabilia exhibition opens in London

Oasis photos by Kevin Cummins

Oasis © Kevin Cummins 2014

Oasis fans and collectors will be heading to Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, east London to see Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993-1997, the first exhibition of Oasis photos and memorabilia.

The exhibition has Oasis photos by Jill Furminovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins and Jamie Fry, plus Oasis memorabilia. It also has instruments (lent by band members), vintage merchandise and artefacts from the album sleeves.

If you go to Chasing The Sun, please share your opinions of the Oasis exhibition with ROCK / ART / EDITIONS readers by adding a Comment to this post. You’ll need to hurry – the free exhibition closes on 22 April.

Stone Roses photographs by Ian Tilton

Image (c) Ian Tilton 2013

The post-Punk flowering of bands from Manchester – The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis and a host of others – created a supporting cast of talented local writers and photographers.

Notable among these Manchester rock art celebrants is Ian Tilton, chronicler of the fabled Stone Roses.

I’ve been enjoying Tilton’s recent book, Set In Stone: Ian Tilton’s Stone Roses Photographs (Omnibus Press, 2013, paperback), which documents the brief apogee of the band many regard as the key export from Manchester’s brief spell as rock’s global HQ.

The collection captures the giddy excitement of the rapid rise of the Stone Roses, for a short time a seemingly unstoppable creative force.

Ian Tilton has worked with many other local musos, including Morrissey, Liam Gallagher and Sean Rider (Happy Mondays), as well as big-hitters from beyond NW England like Kurt Cobain, Robert Smith and Amy Winehouse.

You can explore (and buy from) Ian Tilton’s extensive portfolio here:

Billy Childish art: work by a rock art polymath

Are you familiar with Billy Childish art? I’m glad that I’ve stumbled upon it.

Billy Childish art: painting

Billy Childish art: Girl in Snow with Tree © Billy Childish 2014. Available from Lilford Gallery.

More than a few rock musicians double up as talented painters or photographers. Exploring their work is part of the raison d’être of Rock Art Editions.

But no other rock musician that I know of can match the creative breadth of polymath Billy Childish. A musician with an impressive back catalogue, Childish is also an author, poet, photographer, publisher, record label, film-maker… and painter.

I came across art by Billy Childish on Saturday on the stand of Lilford Gallery (Canterbury) at the impressive Affordable Art Fair in London’s Battersea Park.

Among many thousands of images from 115 galleries on view at the Fair, Billy Childish art caught my eye. It had an immediate emotional impact: it demanded engagement.

Billy Childish’s art is the work of a prolific creative talent: his work deserves your scrutiny.

Horace Panter art: ex-Specials guitarist builds a fine body of work

Have you come across Horace Panter art? I recently discovered it and was mightily impressed.

Horace Panter art: autobiography of guitarist turned painter

Horace Panter art: autobiography © Pan 2008

After Coventry ska band The Specials disbanded, bass guitarist Horace Panter switched from playing music to teaching art. In the process, he built a formidable portfolio of art.

Although he rejoined The Specials when they re-formed in 2008, the bassist has continued to build an extensive body of work, including some vibrant studies of fellow musicians such as Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker. Horace Panter art has a distinctive style, with echoes of the Pop Art of Peter Blake.

Horace Panter’s art, including some affordable limited editions, is available through several galleries: for example, The White Room, with galleries in English spa towns Leamington and Bath, has a particularly attractive collection.

The ex-Specials’ own website is, of course the best place to explore Horace Panter’s art.

Punk images: Pretty Vacant in Philadelphia

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Pretty Vacant in Philadelphia: exhibition of punk images

Aficionados of punk images will be rewarded by a visit to Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk, an important exhibition now winding down at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA.

You’ll have to hurry to catch it, though – it closes this Saturday, 15 March. Entry is free.

Pretty Vacant gathers together hundreds of posters, flyers, fanzines, handbills, record sleeves, badges and other materials on loan from New York collector Andrew Krivine. It’s a cornucopia of punk images.

As well as the punk images behind big hitters like The Clash, The Ramones, and the Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant also covers the graphics inspired by bands like A Certain Ratio, Buzzcocks, The Cramps, The Cure, the Damned, The Fall, The Jam, Joy Division, Kraftwerk and Public Image Limited.

The punk images include work by the best-known graphic artists like Jamie Reid and Peter Saville, as well as a host of less celebrated designers.

The Gallery is at 20th Street and The Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103.