Thursday, August 28, 2008

Edwyn Collins art exhibition

An exhibition of drawings
The Smithfield Gallery
21 October – 1 November, 2008

Edwyn Collins’ legendary music history as one of the UK's most respected singer songwriters, runs from his early years as the founder of Glasgow’s acclaimed indie rock outfit Orange Juice in the late 1970s and early 1980s, to a long-standing solo career which continues into the present day, most recently releasing the solo album Home Again, on Heavenly Recordings.

Collins' creative output has not been confined to music however. The son of an art
lecturer, Collins began sketching at school and later trained to be a draftsman. From the outset one theme demanded his attention: British Wildlife.

Whilst building his musical career, Collins harboured a private dream to revise and
update the Cabinet Edition of ‘The History of British Birds’, first published c1880. The detailed draughtsmanship of each coloured plate fascinated Collins and encouraged
him to replicate these images with outstanding precision. However, bird illustration
soon became incompatible with the life of a successful pop star and the hobby waned.

Having suffered a life threatening brain hemorrhage in February 2005, Collins’ life was put on temporary hold. Affecting his main motor skills, speech and walking, the
priorities of survival dominated the next period of his life. However, it was during the process of rehabilitation, and gradually regaining his abilities, that Collins again refound his love of illustration. Whilst speech, playing music and mobility were taking their time to recover, Collins focused his attentions on art. Re-learning to draw with his left hand, from October 2005 Collins has drawn one bird, studiously, every day, each titled and dated, and mapping this extraordinary process of recovery via art.

For the very first time this October, Edwyn Collins’ drawings will be exhibited in a
London gallery, detailing a diary of recovery and an impassioned rediscovery of a love of illustrated bird life.

Listings information:
Edwyn Collins: British Birdlife
21 October – 1 November, 2008
The Smithfield Gallery
16 West Smithfield
Tel: 020 7489 7550

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