Drum 'n' bass pioneer returns to his graffiti roots for London street art exhibition
Goldie has revealed a series of paintings ahead of an exhibition opening in London.
The drum ‘n’ bass pioneer, who released his breakthrough debut album ‘Timeless’ in 1995, first gained exposure as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands in the late-80s. He’ll show his work as part of the No Imitation exhibition at Imitate Modern in London’s Marylebone from December 6.
One of the pieces on display, a pop art tribute to the Queen, has already caught the eye of her grandson Prince Harry, who has contacted Goldie to ask for a piece of his own.
Goldie explained: “I painted a single petal of a rose to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee. Prince Harry’s seen it and it’s an honour that he’s requested one of his own.”
He added he was inspired to paint the piece by listening to Duke Ellington’s ‘Queen’s Suite’, a piece written and recorded especially for Queen Elizabeth II. A single copy of the recording was made and presented to the monarch, with the music not commerically available during Ellington’s lifetime.
Goldie is best known for his music and films, including James Bond flick The World Is Not Enough and Guy Ritchie’s Snatch although he exhibited his work in Berlin, Ibiza and other galleries in London.
The exhibition at Imitate Modern will also feature work by street artists Banksy, Stik, Rich Simmons, Fin DAC, Mr Brainwash, Cept and Todd James.
See below for a selection of Goldie’s work.