Many of the leading figures who have changed
popular music have been closely associated with the visual arts. Miles Davis
spent more and more time painting as he got older. John Lennon, Keith
Richards and Brian Eno are amongst the legion of rock stars who went to Art
School. Basquiat is often compared to Jimi Hendrix. The Velvet Underground
were taken up by Andy Warhol in his Factory project. John Cale's break
through album as a solo artist was "Paris 1919".
"Pop Art" began in the late 1950s partly
as a reaction to the rather obscure elitist strands in abstract art. It
brought accessibility back into painting by making use of imagery drawn from
popular music - see for example David Hockney's "Living Doll".
Pop Art paved the way for a close mutual
interaction between the visual arts and music making for the rest of the
century - not just through a emphasis on style (eg psychedelia) - but also
as a means of expressing the creative personality or vision of the musician.
Dada and Surrealism were frequently used as resources in this way,
especially in the 1970s.
first attracted attention when he documented the punk revolution in
London in the mid 1970s in black white photographs often taken with
available light - part of a strong British documentary tradition.
Subsequently he has developed an approach to portraiture which uses
imagistic resources to intensify his insight into the creative personality
of famous musicians.
We are very fortunate on this site that
Derek has provided us with some images otherwise unavailable on the web."