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Art Exhibition - Gilson Lavis: From Drums to Canvas

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Karma Sanctum Soho - London

20 Warwick Street

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W1B 5NF

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Art preview and cocktail reception with the presence of the artist JULY 5th

Exhibition July 5th to 12th August

This remarkable exhibition of acrylic on canvas paintings by veteran British rock drummer Gilson Lavis are now making their London debut at the Karma Sanctum Hotel in June 2018. The black and white music-themed portraits, along with a series of very personal sketches by Lavis, have become much sought after by tastemakers and those in art and music circles.

Best known as the superbly versatile drummer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Gilson Lavis has achieved legendary status in the British music world.

Gilson’s artistic inspiration has grown out of his musical career; a fifty-year career that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the entertainment world. Gilson was an original member of Squeeze, along with band mate and lifelong friend and colleague Jools Holland. Squeeze achieved huge success all though the 1980’s and Gilson later went on to perform live and record with hundreds of artists such as Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson, Cher, Paul McCartney, Barry White, BB King, Robert Plant and Amy Winehouse.

As he explains, “My portraits feature artists and performers I have had the joy of working with and have been of inspiration to me. My art is a painted biography of my musical life, one I can never hope to finish, but what a joy it is to engage in. I work in black and white, a technique that grew out of my ink sketches and I try to capture the stage drama that I’m so accustomed to. My art I hope, also communicates the respect and knowledge I have gained by working with so many gifted people.”

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