David Bowie was an English singer-songwriter and actor who constantly reinvented himself. His music and visual presentation had a major impact on popular music.
He studied art, music and design before becoming a professional musician in 1963 and releasing ‘Space Oddity’ in 1969. In 1972, during the glam rock era, he introduced his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust and introduced other personas - Major Tom, Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke – during his career. He achieved huge commercial success in the 1980s starting with Let's Dance (1983).
Bowie here projects one of his most effective stage personas, which I reflect in the yellow/gold of his trousers, symbolising power and success, turquoise, indicative of good fortune, and, like lilac, tranquillity. It’s a picture of a performer comfortable in his own skin.
It is the 80s Bowie that Getty rock photographer Sol N’Jie’s captures in the photo which inspired my digital painting of Bowie. It was taken on the Serious Moonlight Tour 2-4 June 1983 Wembley Arena.
Sol says, “Bowie was always the chameleon of Rock & Roll who managed to change his whole persona while each character was at the top of their fame. This shot from his Serious Moonlight Tour was arguably his most successful which generated favourable reviews from fans and press alike while emphasising his massive stage presence”.
Digital painting on Canon Pro Luster Photo paper. Framed.
Size of image: 30.48 x 30.48 x 1.5cm (12 x 12 inches).
Size of frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 1.5cm (13 x 13 inches).
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