POP Art pioneer Dudley Edwards is the focus of a new exhibition in Harrogate which captures visually the spirit of the swinging sixties in Britain.
In Technicolour - The early work of Dudley Edwards and his cohorts, will be launched next weekend at RedHouse Originals gallery.
This special collection includes the artist’s work with Doug Binder as design collective BEV, collaborations with Mike McInnerney as OM Tentacle, and solo commissions undertaken for members of The Beatles in 1960s swinging London.
The exhibition, which starts on Friday, April 27, is the latest coup for contemporary art gallery RedHouse which has hosted visits by Sir Peter Blake and Howard Marks among others since it opened just two years ago on Cheltenham Mount.
Edwards first came to prominence in 1967 as a leading light in psychedelic swinging London and quickly confirmed his legendary credentials as co-founder of Pop Art collective BEV alongside Doug Binder and David Vaughan.
Binder and Edwards were acclaimed as the first artists in Britain to produce painted furniture since the Omega Workshops 1913-20, a notable piece being Sir Paul McCartney’s iconic Magic Piano which he still uses to this day.
McCartney said: “I remember the first time I first saw a photo of their painted car in the Sunday Times Magazine and I thought it was really cool. I told them “I’ve got a little piano I’d like you to decorate in that same style.” It became my psychedelic piano which I wrote a lot of songs on, including Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Hey Jude.”
In Technicolour coincides with the publication of Electrical Banana - Masters of Psychedelic Art by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel.
McCartney has contributed the foreword to the book which has been described as “the first definitive examination of the international language of psychedelia.”
The new exhibition will also see the unveiling of a suite of limited edition prints, created by the artist to mark the opening of the exhibition. Dudley Edwards will be signing copies of the new book on the launch night. There will be further signings to follow in New York, LA and London.
l The exhibition continues until Saturday, May 26.
RedHouse Originals and Dudley Edwards are supporting The Friends of Alfie Martin and Medicins Sans Frontieres.