I know there are a few Bowie fans among our community, so I thought you might appreciate this… A private, invitation-only viewing will be held on Thursday 9 January 2020 at Masterpiece Art, Holland Park, London entitled BOWIE: From Major Tom to Major Arcana.
The exhibition will present a case study of a rare set of five hand-pulled silkscreen prints, known as the Arcane Series, created by David Bowie in November 1975 the works offer an intriguing window into the alternative influences of the mystical and esoteric that pervaded the singer’s private and public personas of the late 1960’s and through the 1970’s.
The Arcane Series reflects iconography which manifests boldly in such songs as Quicksand (1971), Station to Station (1976) and fascinatingly also Lazarus, from Bowie’s final album, Blackstar (2016). This life-long spiritual journey takes us into the study of Zen Buddhism, the teachings of Kabbalah, tarot cards, divination and wider occultism, reconstructing the complicated network of imagery that drove Bowie’s quest for higher answers.
Speaking about the event Mark Maurice, CEO and Gallery Founder, said, “In addition to these rarely exhibited works, unseen by the public since Bowie’s first solo exhibition David Bowie: New Afro/Pagan and Work 1975-1995, we will also be showing drawings, paintings and iconic photography from the many fruitful collaborations Bowie had with other leading artists across the years.”
Featured artists include: David Bowie, Derek Boshier, Brian Duffy, Tony McGee, Geoff MacCormack, Tony O’Neill, Masayoshi Sukita and others.
All artworks will be available for purchase on the night. Masterpiece Art are offering a donation from artwork and catalogue sales to support the Friends of the Children of Orissa, a charity who finances a boarding school for over 400 deprived or destitute girls in Orissa, one of the poorest states in India (www.orissa.org.uk).
The private viewing is sponsored by Supreme Jets and Sandie ‘The Spice Guy’ Vara and promotion by Business Live UK Ltd. Applications for tickets to the private view are available from Eventbrite: http://davidbowieartexpo.eventbrite.co.uk
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Left: Alex Cousens, Gallery Director; Sandie Vara, The Spice Guy; Annette Vignere, Art Director; Victoria Beale, Business Live UK / Friends of the Children of Orissa; Tola Bashir, Supreme Jets; Mark Maurice, CEO and Gallery Founder; Athena Diego, Digital Media Assistant