3rd November- 26th February 2017
Emerging in the US in the 1970s as a product of the ‘60s countercultural movements, the punk subculture spread across the globe like wildfire and evolved into many forms and musical sub-genres over the years. Influencing bands and musicians to this day, the early days of punk had a massive impact driven by the constraints of society, with unemployment, racial tensions and social upheaval providing fuel for their fires.
With the launch of the revolutionary CBGB in New York and bands like the Ramones and Blondie advocating the New York scene, punk was exploding into London, where the emerging style and attitude was very much a product of British youth culture. Loved and hated in equal measure but impossible to ignore, it was during the summer of 1976 that the movement gained notoriety as The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Clash were beginning to ignite the imagination of the disenchanted youth amidst the social unrest of 1970s England.
This exhibition will showcase photographs of The Clash taken in 1977 at the infamous Rehearsal Rehearsals studio, Stables Market where Proud Camden resides, marking a true homecoming for Adrian Boot’s photographs of the band who heralded the birth of independent music through revolutionary punk style and attitude. This collection visually captures the ethos and raw spirit of the punk heyday, revealing the bands that led the distinct cultural shift of the most incendiary era in music history.
Proud Camden celebrates a revolution, whose repercussions and reverberations of cultural change nearly 40 years ago continue to increase in significance today.
23rd February- 12th March 2017
Proud Galleries is delighted to announce Into the Wild: Sculptures by Daniel Jon Griffiths, an exhibition showcasing the dynamic approach to traditional craftsmanship in celebration of the natural world. Griffiths’ beautiful and unique sculptures capture the earthy, untamed spirit of Britain’s wildlife, evoking the essence of movement and stillness in fascinating steel forms.
Griffiths trained in sculpture at Norwich School of Art, but prior to this he forged a career as a blacksmith, learning traditional methods and techniques which he now uses to create his extraordinary animal and figurative sculptures out of a variety of metals. With skills in both fine-art and century old crafts, Griffiths’ sculptures share a common thread with folk art, reflecting a simple joy in the natural world with exquisitely technical constructions perfectly camouflaged in the wild. Influenced by a wide range of artists from the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer to the carvings of Ana Maria Pacheco and Gehard Demetz, Griffiths admires the ability they have to communicate ideas and emotions through their skill and craftsmanship in their chosen medium.
Speaking of his own creations Griffiths has said, ‘Working in metal has a physicality and drama which I try to pass on to the work, capturing something of the fire, heat and energy that goes into their making and fixing it for perpetuity. It is that act of transformation, bringing base metal to life that I am always seeking to achieve.’ Griffiths’ intricate sculptural forms embody the soul and vitality of the animal kingdom and its enduring tie to humankind, our history and culture.
Proud Chelsea will showcase an exclusive collection of visceral sculptures which embody the captivating and enchanting elements of the natural world and celebrate the remarkable skill and craftsmanship of Griffiths.
9th March- 23rd April 2017
Proud Galleries is delighted to announce Access All Areas: Photographs by Paul Harries, an exhibition showcasing Harries’ iconic collection of rock legends from over two extraordinary decades. Proud Camden will explore Harries’ distinctive portfolio of celebrated icons including Nirvana, Slash, Metallica, Slipknot, and Muse, each injected with his unmistakable style and creativity.
From a young age Harries had always been fascinated by the blistering world of live music and decided to incorporate this with his increasing passion for photography, shooting live gigs at the legendary Marquee Club. He has said that “I was always hugely interested in music and because I couldn’t sing or play any instrument, photographing the bands was the perfect way to be involved.” Harries’ career took a turn when he was introduced by a friend to Kerrang! Magazine to which he has contributed as one of the leading lensmen of rock photography since 1989.
Granted unparalleled access to the biggest names in rock history on set, backstage and in studios across the globe, Harries’ photographs have an unrivalled depth and atmosphere. The theatrical, visual energy of rock is perfectly matched to his dynamic and cinematic style, capturing performers who have a unique stage presence and play up to the camera. Harries’ collection offers a captivating glimpse into all aspects of the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle, featuring live photographs of Nirvana during sell-out performances, candid shots of Slash and Ozzy Osbourne and a series of photo-manipulated images including an iconic photograph of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson in a replica WW1 plane.
Proud Camden will exhibit a memorable collection of Harries’ photographs, from the 1990’s to the present day, revealing the unconventional style of the photographer and exposing the curious world of Rock’s greatest stars.
16th March- 14th May 2017
Proud Galleries is pleased to present ‘The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus’ a moving documentation of the legendary band’s phenomenal ascent by photographer David Magnus, who bore witness to some of their greatest moments. This exhibition, featuring many previously unseen photographs, is a fascinating and deeply candid insight into The Beatles during an historic occasion taken at the world famous EMI Studio 1 in Abbey Road.
In 1963, at the age of 19, Magnus was invited to photograph a relatively unknown band, The Beatles, during a concert at Stowe School. This early work with the group allowed Magnus unprecedented access throughout their rise to fame, forming an illustrious portfolio encompassing many rare and unique images. Magnus’s close relationship with the band and their publicist, Tony Barrow, granted him exclusive access to record a pivotal moment in their career 50 years ago, when, on the weekend of 24th and 25th June 1967, The Beatles recorded their song ‘All you need is Love’ for the first time during a live broadcast for the BBC’s ‘Our World’, the World’s first live, international, satellite television production, reaching over 400 million people worldwide. Magnus documented rare, behind-the-scenes footage of this historical event, including wonderfully frank photographs of the band relaxing backstage away from the recording studio.
Speaking of the intensity of the band’s influence during that time, Magnus said, ‘As I came from the EMI canteen, one of the female studio staff stopped me, put a hand on my shoulder and said to me, “I must touch you as you’ve been in the same room as The Beatles.” It was as if I carried an aura from the Beatles. This to me sums up Beatlemania.’ This collection is a captivating archive of an event that was not only a first for The Beatles but a first for the era of television, which ignited a social revolution and created the universal anthem of its era.
Proud Chelsea will showcase a rare and remarkable collection of this unique photographic session of The Beatles by David Magnus, revealing the close bond between photographer and subject. Magnus’s extensive archive from this inimitable occasion highlights the band’s domineering presence and influence within the music industry whilst reflecting the recognition, admiration and excitement that sparked the world-over across the last five decades.
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