Landmark Jimi Hendrix 50th anniversary exhibition extended at Masterpiece Art, London

Baron Wolman, Jimi Hendrix, Gelatin silver print, 50.8 x 61 cm, © Baron Wolman | Iconic Images

Due to popular demand the landmark exhibition celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix, exactly 50 years since his death, has been extended at Masterpiece Art until Saturday October 10th. The gallery — situated only a few streets away from where Jimi Hendrix tragically passed away — has ambitiously brought together an incredible assortment of photography, sculpture and personal ephemera to commemorate the legendary musician, singer and songwriter.

BOLD AS LOVE Celebrating Hendrix presents rare photographs of Hendrix — some never seen before — taken by acclaimed photographers including Ed Caraeff, Baron Wolman, Gered Mankowitz, David Montgomery (UK debut of his works), Ulvis Alberts and the late Charles Everest. Accompanying the photographs are sculptures by Guy Portelli as well as Portelli’s Wight Spirit — a large-scale glass mosaic panel which features the handprints of more than 80 musicians who performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, including the handprint of Hendrix himself which Portelli mapped via the iconic ‘hand on face’ photograph taken by Baron Wolman, see image above.

Artist Guy Portelli in front of his Mosaic ‘Wight Spirit’, 2020, Masterpiece Art Gallery

Portelli has long been fascinated by the crossover of art and music. He is known not only for his numerous UK and international sculpture collections, but also for his memorable appearance on the BBC TV Show Dragon’s Den, where he won an £80,000 investment from three Dragons for his Pop Icons series. Here, iconic figures from each decade were reincarnated in sculpture — sometimes irreverent, always visually striking. These were not just portraits of their subjects but of their times, explorations of celebrity, counterculture and revolution. For example, the Jimi Hendrix sculpture in Pop Icons — also on display in the current exhibition––entitled ‘Hey Joe’ references the flower power movement and divided attitudes towards the Vietnam War.

Installation view, , 2020. Courtesy Masterpiece Art.

In addition, to the works by Portelli and the incredible array of photographs on display is a rare opportunity to get close to the original Isle of Wight 1970 WEM speaker system used by Hendrix during his last major performance on British soil, aswell as Hendrix’s personal fender neck headstock pieces and Univibe effects pedal. The fiftieth anniversary of the seminal 1970 Isle of Wight festival — which featured legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and the Who — also took place this year and photographs by the late Charles Everest on display provide a captivating insight into Hendrix’s experience pre, during and post performing.

Installation view, , 2020. Courtesy Masterpiece Art.

The opportunity to see even one portion of this exhibition is worth a visit, but by bringing together these intimate photographs of the icon, as well as tribute sculptures by Portelli and the original WEM speaker system used by Hendrix the gallery have created perhaps a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.

BOLD AS LOVE Celebrating Hendrix runs at Masterpiece Art until Saturday 10th October.

Masterpiece Art, 3 Norland Place, London, W11 4QG

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