A young rock journalist in the UK appeared on the initial programme circulated by the BBC after Bowie’s death.
When interviewed he said his father had always been a fan and that he himself, couldn’t at first understand what all the fuss was about, as his first experience of The Thin White Duke had been to see him performing ‘Dancing in the Street’ with Mick Jagger.
He then listened to Hunky Dory and got hooked, following on with the entire back catalogue, realising the enormity of Bowie’s influence on music, style and culture dating back to the late sixties.
I had the privilege of growing up through that era and was dancing around my little Dansette record player to Ziggy, Marc Bolan and T.Rex and Alice Cooper from 10 years old. Needless to say his death for me was enormous.
When I first heard the shocking news I thought, “Bowie, dead? How could he possibly do something so banal as to die?”
I always thought he would live forever so after much deliberation here is my heartfelt attempt to immortalise him.
In the UK Bowie was at his zenith as Ziggy Stardust, so it is as a tribute to his importance in my life, particularly in the seventies, that I produced this picture and it took a great deal of time to find the right image. The finished painting pays homage to his persona during his 1973 tour. I wanted him to be looking up towards the heavens, when he announced the end of Ziggy.
I am also very pleased to announce that this, my first foray into rock portraiture has already been sold! So I have decided to reproduce this picture as a high quality print at several sizes and in a limited and open edition making it accessible to all.