Friday, 16 April 2010

Dudley Edwards

This week my colleague Ismaa and I travelled to The North to visit with and interview the artist and renaissance man Dudley Edwards at his home in Yorkshire. After a very long coach ride and unappetising service station breakfast we arrived in sunny Leeds and then headed through the country side (chock full of sheep and daffodils) to his lovely home where we talked a bit about his work over the years and his involvement in the West London scene of the 1960's.

Back in the 1960's he created some of the most awe inspiring artworks with the pop art collective Binder Edwards & Vaughn. From chairs to cars their early psychedelic designs gave way to painting and conceiving design concepts for shops, most notably on the Kings Road in Chelsea and painting murals on Carnaby Street.

The relationship between visual art and music is long standing and Dudley's career encompasses the connections the two mediums hold, with designing album covers for the Kinks and painting murals for Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, as well as Sir Paul's famous Magic Piano.

Painting McCartney's piano

Dudley continues to make inspired and colour filled works with his most recent one man show at Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough in Halifax this past spring.

We will be showcasing a number of prints of Dudley's major works and presenting the filmed interview we conducted with him at the Groove Grove Graphics exhibition this summer.

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