A solo exhibition of artwork by the late musician Ian Dury is to go on show in London for the first time.
The show, which has been curated by Dury’s daughter Jemima, former manager of The Clash Kosmo Vinyl and graphic designer Jules Balme, brings together 30 artworks painted by the musician in the 1960s, before he went on to form his first band Kilburn & The High Roads in 1971.
Dury previously studied painting at the Royal College of Art between 1963 and 1966, where he developed a pop art style that combined text, bold colour, sequins and photographs.
Jemima Dury describes her father as a “serious art student, with a strong work ethic…albeit an insecure one uncertain of what medium to pursue”.
After graduating, Dury featured in the ICA’s group art show Fantasy & Figuration, and had some success as a freelance illustrator working for The Sunday Times and London Life magazines, among others.
Much of Dury’s artwork is owned by his family, but other pieces have been loaned by auction houses such as Christie’s and independent dealers.
Financial support for the exhibition, which is free to the public, has been provided by Robbie Williams, Demon Records, the Royal College of Art, and through a Kickstarter campaign started by Jemima which raised £10,677.
Ian Dury: More Than Fair- Paintings, Drawings and Artworks, 1961-1972 runs from 23 July-1 September 2013 at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU. Admission Free.
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