|JAMIE REID: WORLD FIRST FOR EYESTORM BRITART
– 2nd July 2005
In celebration of HRH The Queen’s birthday the eyestorm britart gallery presents works from Jamie Reid, the man that put a safety pin through Her Majesty’s lower lip.
The show will feature the original collage of the Sex Pistol's 'God Save The Queen' image - on display for the first time ever in London and also the first time the original work has been for sale anywhere, ever.
Artist, Situationist, druid, activist, Jamie Reid is the man responsible for the Sex Pistols legendary 'Never Mind the Bollocks' artwork and the man who ‘cut and pasted’ the Punk movement of the late 70’s.
Loved and loathed, he visually epitomised the D.I.Y punk ethic with his own form of visual anarchy. Reid's unique re-mixing of 1960's imagery with 1970's Punk ethic creates an unsurpassed anarchistic feel. Royalty and screen icons are defaced without regard for the consequences, mocking both authority and sexuality. The result is a resounding swipe at the institutions which threatened to swallow the few ounces of creativity Britain still contained.
The exhibition features print work in his famous pop-art style which Reid actually developed for a self-published 'zine ‘Suburban Press’. He had to produce 'really fast, quick imagery' on a tiny budget. This resulted in cutting out letters from newspapers and, as the underground movement began to grow, Punk's unofficial godfather, Malcolm McLaren summoned Reid to create the images presented in the exhibition. The cut-ups, cut-outs and collages dating from the Suburban Press era were turned into the radical, arrogant artworks which defined the Sex Pistols, Punk and 1977.