25 Jun 2009

Guy Portelli's BBC Dragons' Den funded Pop Icons Exhibition at the Mall Galleries  


Update Friday 26th June: It is highly ironic that Michael Jackson's death occurred during the private view of the Pop Icons exhibition last night. Michael was not one of the Pop Icons sculpted by Guy Portelli, and from my own personal point of view I'm glad about this. I loved Michael's music, he was a brilliant entertainer and Thriller was a superb album. But some people had their eyes averted by the high levels of both his fame-o-meter and wealth-o-meter whilst ignoring the age-o-meter. Men in their forties should not be sharing a bed with thirteen year old boys no matter how famous or wealthy they are. Fame and wealth should never be an excuse for bad behaviour, as is shown by the decent famous and wealthy people I respect. My partner Brian's facebook status update says: "Children of America: It's OK, you can go out now. He's gone." And that just about sums up how I feel too. Will the radios be broadcasting 24 hour Gary Glitter when he pops his clogs? I think not. However it's all about the music, rather than the musician...Maureen Orth, mother of a teenage son herself, wrote 5 articles for Vanity Fair about Jackson over the years which you can read here.

I'm very sad about Farrah Fawcett's death though. Now that woman was a trooper. My facebook friends in LA say the town is in confusion and disarray so I'm off to facebook now to get an update on the mayhem...

Update Friday 26th June: Another great night last night at the second Pop Icons private view, my mate (Sundance award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister) loved the exhibition and I am sad to be leaving London and returning to Sheffield, although I'm looking forward to seeing my curly haired Yorkshireman Brian again. Right now though I'm off to Charlie Higson's agency to drop off a signed print of a shot I took nearly thirty years ago when he was a young lad singing with The Higsons who were on what was considered by many (me included) the coolest label in the world, Two Tone Records.

As Dragons' Den's fans will know, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse did an hilarious spoof of Dragons' Den for the charity Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. I don't know whether Charlie was a writer on this particular project but he has worked with Harry and Paul for years both as an actor and writer (Harry Enfield's Television Programme, The Fast Show) and I have enormous respect for his work, which is why I'm giving him this limited edition signed framed print as a gift. I am hoping he will love seeing a previously unpublished shot of himself as a gorgeous young pop heart throb. Gawd it means catching a number 9 to bloody Kensington through all the traffic when I could be in this lovely sweaty cafe in Maida Vale prancing through cyberspace. Ah well. All in a day's fun.

Below: The orginal concept for Egg Banking as conceived by Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield, in the hilarious George Whitebread Yorkshireman sketch:

The delightful Guy Portelli and investor James Caan - a shot from James Caan Investments

I'll be reporting back from both private views of Guy Portelli's Pop Icons Exhibition on my return oop north next week. Last night was a phenomenal success, the work by both Guy and the contributing artists looks incredible in the gallery space at The Mall Galleries, London, and entrepreneurs Peter Jones, James Caan and Theo Paphitis from BBC's Dragons' Den, who have invested in the exhibition, were really good natured and all wore very sharp suits. I got close up and personal with a few good shots which I will post in the main blog entry this weekend. Guy also trusted me to help with the final polish on his Sex Pistols sculpture which was almost as much of an honour as exhibiting my photographs of Sade! I also got told by two of the attendees that I looked like a sculpture!

Anyway, right now I'm off to meet one of the best documentary filmmakers in the world for a pint down the pub in Soho, then off to tonight's private view of one of the world's finest sculptors, Guy Portelli.

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