Musician artworks on show in British Blues Exhibition at Barbican Music Library

Barbican Music Library, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
26 May - 19 September 2022
Mon, Weds, Fri: 9.30-5.30
Tues, Thurs: 9.30-7.30
Sat: 9.30-4 Sun & Bank holidays: closed 
Closest tube: Barbican. Free entry.

The British Blues Exhibition will be at the Barbican Music Library for four months from 26 May and will feature exhibits from its own extensive collection, as well as exhibits from the Ealing Club CIC ‘the birthplace of electric Blues in the UK’ and the Paul Oliver Special Collection held at Oxford Brookes University.

The exhibition charts in items of all kinds the rise of British Blues music from its US and African roots in the 20th Century through to artists performing today.  It will include - at different times - two of my artworks. The first is a digital painting of Don Craine of Downliners Sect who died earlier this year.  The second is an oil painting, on loan from a private collector, of Robert Hokum co director of The Ealing Club and founder of the Ealing Blues Festival.

Among the other exhibits will be items relating to and donated by the first British Blues Exhibition Hall of Fame members, John Mayall and the late Chris Barber. Chris Barber played at the Barbican with his Jazz band, and, a co-founder of London’s Marquee Club, he worked with numerous Blues musicians such as Alexis Korner, and brought luminaries including Muddy Waters to the UK.

Curator: Darren Weale. 

Digital painting of Don Craine Downliners Sect room viewAlbum cover size digital painting of Don Craine Downliners Sect

Musician postcards at British Blues Exhibition Barbican Music Library by Stella Tooth blues music artistMusician postcards by Stella Tooth on sale at Barbican Music Library/British Blues Exhibition 

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