When David Bowie died I know I was not alone in my need to produce some artwork that signified his importance not only to me personally, but to society in general. I was quite shocked as to how profoundly Bowie’s death affected me. Bowie’s whole ethos on creativity is something I hold dearly. I remember the first time I saw him was on Top of the Pops in the early 70s and my mother told me he was the devil. I hid behind the sofa and was frightened of him for years. It was not until the early 80s I fully understood the man behind the outfits and have had the upmost respect for him ever since. He has given me the courage to not follow the rules, to make my own up and change them whenever I see fit.
The original mixed media artwork was created in 2016 shortly after Bowie’s death. The materials used range from acrylic paint, water soluble pastels, tissue paper, stamps, newspaper and dress patterns. I work intuitively and the materials I use are chosen generally because of their texture, colours and shape rather than anything else. I chose to do my own version of this very famous image of Bowie as it is probably the most iconic and it is interesting to see how different artists approach it.