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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.

Beatles, Sex Pistols, Amy Winehouse in new London exhibition

(c) Keith Haynes 2014

This is Pop (c) Keith Haynes 2014

Fans and collectors of the Beatles, Sex Pistols and Amy Winehouse will want to check out a new London exhibition, opening today at Woolff Gallery, London W1.

The new Keith Haynes exhibition of rock art also features other notables such as The Clash, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.

It’s a compelling series of mixed media limited editions.

Using as his raw material black vinyl LPs, album sleeves and record labels, Haynes has created a lovely series of contemporary pieces. They are presented, box-framed, in small limited editions, of between five and fifty.

Keith Haynes’ attractive rock art stood out for me among the 100+ gallery displays on a recent visit to the Affordable Art Fair. I’ll be visiting the Woolff exhibition soon, and look forward to scrutinising the Bob Dylan artwork, among others.

The show starts today and runs until 2 May at Woolff Gallery, 89 Charlotte St, London W1.


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.