Back in 1997 when I was working with David Bowie, he visited my studio in North London to brain storm some creative ideas.
As we sat together, flicking through books and sketching out various streams of thought, I had a strong urge to create something using his extraordinary asymmetric eyes.
Bowie was both a ferocious innovator and also totally up for experimenting with ideas. So, in the moment, I grabbed my camera and attached the most powerful macro lens I could find in the studio. I have always loved taking ultra close-up shots of various forms and patterns in nature, and using them to create powerful works of art.
Bowie’s eyes were indeed a very powerful form of nature - eye-conic - even :)
As Bowie crouched by a large window in order to catch the light in his eyes, I shot several rolls of film with the lens practically touching each eye as I worked. The whole thing was really just an exploration, playing with possibilities.
As it turned out, we never used these images. And in the mix of time and events, the slide films strips developed from these informal photographs, taken in my studio way back in 1997, sat forgotten in a storage box simply labelled 1997. This box literally waited patiently like a time capsule in various storage units around the world for over 20 years, until March 2022, when I was sorting through a bunch of materials, searching for a sketchbook from 1997.
As fate would have it, I didn’t find the sketchbook, however, as soon as I opened the unassuming card envelope where the film strips had lived and lifted them out, I clearly understood that I had unearthed something far more significant. I immediately understood that I needed to create something with them that reflected where I’m at now - joining the past with the present and opening a portal to the future.
The result is a project called EYE OF THE STAR 360 - basically I produce a piece of unique art using a Bowie eye shot every single day for 360-days - full circle.
The images that are emerging out of these eye shots are very powerful, moving and constantly surprising.
I’ve been sharing the adventure on instagram and creative groups that I run on Facebook.
One image in particular has stood out as having a special energy. It has a tangible presence of magic, vision and a deep sense of calm.
I have decided to release a very special Limited Edition of this EYE OF THE STAR image number 31. I will only be releasing a small selection of the images as the project unfolds.
Printed to the highest museum quality on specialist metallic paper, signed and dated.
There are only five prints ever!
Two prints have already been reserved by a London art collector, so only three remain available, so they will quickly become unique collectables.
This is an amazing opportunity to own a piece of art directly connected to the astonishing energy of Bowie himself.
The Limited Edition comes with a certificate of authenticity, PLUS a secret collectors item unique to that print.
Print size: 380mm X 380mm square printed area with a 50mm boarder.
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