Furr & Mankowitz: 45 RPM Exhibition:
After a friendship spanning more than a decade, Royal portrait painter Christian Furr and legendary Rock & Roll photographer Gered Mankowitz collaborate in a merging of minds and methods.
Furr and Mankowitz have produced 45 RPM (45 Revolutions per Minute), a collaborative project merging both their considerable skill-sets.
This stunning array of works features hand worked uniquely painted original prints such as ‘The Rolling Stones’, ‘Jimi Hendrix and ‘Kate Bush’, bringing Furr’s distinct painting style to some of Gered’s most famous and iconic photographs.
Gered produced the first prints in early 2017 and had them printed as White Gloss Chromaluxe pieces, here at Genesis, and then shipped them to Christian’s studio where he applied his painting style – embellishing each print with metallic paint, diamond dust and gold leaf. The work merged naturally to inevitably form the stunning and colourful ’45RPM’ collection.
The results are on show at the 45 Park Lane in London, part of the Dorchester Collection.
The results are on show at Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane. The hotel has a series of rotating art exhibitions as well as a permanent collection across its restaurant, rooms and suites available for guests to view.
Genesis are proud to have supported this exhibition with our Chromaluxe Fine Art Printing services.
About Christian Furr:
Christian Furr won recognition of his enormous talent early in his career. At just 28 he was the youngest artist commissioned to paint an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, personally selected from among dozens of other painters.
During his early career while Furr was highly sought after for his portrait commissions, the superbly talented painter simultaneously followed the strong tradition of representation in British modern and contemporary art throughout his oeuvre. Today Christian focuses on keeping oil paint a fresh contemporary medium, and is continually interested in experimentation and exploration of new concepts.
Over the years Furr’s desire to broaden his artistic language has led to well-received collaborations with other artists, including neon-artist Chris Bracey.
Christian Furr’s continuous investigations have enabled him to successfully pursue his artistic vision with both passion and intellect. Since achieving his early renown, he has built a devoted and growing following, placing his work in many of the top university and private collections in Britain.
About Gered Mankowitz:
Having displayed a natural ‘eye’ for photography whilst on a school trip to Holland and having been inspired to take up photography by the actor Peter Sellers, his photographs were seen by the legendary photographer Tom Blau.
During 1963, Gered met and photographed the singing duo Chad and Jeremy, who had just signed with Ember records. One of these photos was used as the cover of the duo’s first album, “Yesterday’s Gone”, and Gered found himself working in the music industry at a time when it desperately needed new, mould breaking images.
Through the 60’s, Gered continued in the music world working with many major artists including Jimi Hendrix, Free, Traffic, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces and Soft Machine. Into the 70’s with Slade, Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, ABC, Duran Duran and many others.
45 RPM Exhibition at 45 Park Lane
15 June – 5 August 2017
45 Park Lane,
The exhibition takes place from Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, August 05 at 45 Park Lane. For more information please visit dorchestercollection.com or call +44 020 7493 4545.
Visit the Furr & Mankowitz Website