Royal artist Christian Furr and Godfather of Rock Photography Gered Mankowitz have known each other as friends for over 12 years so their decision to create a new Art collection together happened almost naturally. ‘I have lived with Gered’s work on my walls for many years and I kept seeing them in different vibrant colours.’ After a chat with Gered about a collaboration the ‘45RPM’ collection was born.
This stunning array of works features hand worked uniquely painted original prints such as ‘The Rolling Stones’, ‘Jimi Hendrix and ‘Kate Bush’, bringing Furr’s distinct painting style to some of Gered’s most famous and iconic photographs. The title 45RPM (45 Revolutions per minute) comes from Gered’s background in music – recording the icons of music through his classic photographs of musicians who made their careers with single sales (’45’s) and the revolutionary power of Art.
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Furr: “It probably goes back to when we first became friends.. I painted a portrait of Gered and Gered took a photograph of me in my studio in Kingston upon Thames. We had this idea to work together as artists and try and fuse the world of photography and art and do something with that as an idea and I just think Gered’s amazing archive has really lent itself to us creating a whole new thing together…”
Mankowitz: “We discussed a basic concept and then Christian came to stay with me in Cornwall where we thrashed out a framework, tested some ideas and generally got excited about the project. We both wanted to create unique hand finished pieces and I was keen to produce the original prints myself. We liaised on an almost daily basis, bouncing ideas off each other, sending snaps. The first results were stunning and so exciting; it was difficult to see where I ended and Christian began, the work merged so naturally… what I was seeing was not similar to anything else that had ever been done… a true collaboration”
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