Mike Edwards – Bowie Time takes a cigarette. This new Pop Art portrait of David Bowie draws on multiple sources for inspiration. From John Pasche’s original lips design for the Rolling Stones to Tom Wesselman’s seductive 60’s Pop paintings of smokin’ mouths.. The linear, minimal simplicity and flat colours a nod to the contemporary paintings of Gary Hume and Patrick Caulfield.
It uses cut up words and phrases from familiar songs to create an abstract text that evokes the essence of Bowie’s oeuvre, and also adds potential for new imagery and interpretations in the readable words.
Bowie himself was a renowned smoker, and this is reflected in the warm ash grey of the background colour. The words ‘time takes..’ that define the cigarette shape, also allude to a metaphorical idea that the cigarette motif is an analogy of life: i.e. we’re ‘alight’ for an amount of time and then we’re ash…
This is contrasted with the vibrant liveliness of the neon pink lips and a line from Jean Genie: “let yourself go..”
Limited Edition of 100. Three sizes available within the edition: This one is 83cm x 83cm.
Mike Edwards is an established artist based in Brighton UK. He is well known for his portraits made of text – such as the commissioned typographic portrait of Lord Attenborough, now on permanent public display at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts in Brighton – or the portrait of Nadya from Pussy Riot created from the text of a William Wordsworth poem.
Mike has exhibited extensively and his work is in collections all over the world – including those of Imelda May, Roger Taylor, Sir Bradley Wiggins and the late publisher Felix Dennis. David Bowie signed Mike’s unique typographic portrait of Aladdin Sane – which went on to raise phenomenal funds for charity at auction.
An exceptional painter – Mike started out as a professional artisan artist before developing his own body of work. Amongst many other things, he’s created a stage set for rock band Blur and produced commissioned artworks for Bacardi, Budweiser and Urban Outfitters.
Mike continues to push boundaries in new paintings currently in progress in his studio in central Brighton.