I love this little abstract painting.
It came to me in a rather old tatty frame and I have recently had it taken out of its original frame and given a new fresh window mount and frame.
When I took it out of the original frame - I found that it had also been painted on the reverse and also had the artist's signature and a dedication: For Sarah / December 1984/ Paul Burgess (as photographed).
The painting has been made with gouache paints on three joined sections of card and dates to the 1980s.
Paul Burgess seems to have studied at the Camberwell School of Art in London, and then at the Royal College of Art.
His early work was inspired by his love of pop and indie music and experimental art - Dada, Bowie, Warhol, Burroughs, Punk, Reggae and Hip-hop are influences that he credits.
Burgess worked as an illustrator and photographer for 20 years. In recent years, he has been working on album artwork with Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) for various projects including Wrangler, Creep Show and his own solo material.
Burgess had also been working on collaborative projects with the band Pulp. He spent six years (1994 - 1999) making photographic studies of Jarvis Cocker and Pulp at live gigs, video-shoots, and other events.
These early original artworks by Burgess are rather rare items. I would imagine that this attractive miniature triptych painting was a gift given by him to a fellow student called Sarah at Camberwell.
Although you can't see it when the painting is all framed up - it has another sketch and signature on the reverse: I have photographed this for you and listed it here.
The price reflects the quality of the piece and also the artist's place in modern popular culture.
Dimensions: Frame size is 28 cx 34.5 cm. Image size is 16.5 x 24.5 cm
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