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PRIVATE VIEW Music Makers: An exhibition by Gerald O'Dowd and Julie Bennett...

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Hackney Picturehouse

270 Mare Street

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Hackney Picturehouse is delighted to present the first joint exhibition of artists Julie Bennett and Gerald O’Dowd.


This series of new works by Julie Bennett and Gerald O’Dowd explores the artists’ connection with their music icons and the mutual creative influence of art and music.


Music and art evoke strong emotions. Whilst listening to music is an ongoing influence on both their practices, it is, however, the stories of the icons behind the sounds that have been the biggest inspiration to them as artists.


This exhibition presents artworks of icons who, in addition to their music, have also expressed their creativity in other forms including painting and sculpture. Crossing over five decades of music, this series includes Patti Smith, John Lennon, Jarvis Cocker, Courtney Love, and others.


Julie Bennett is driven by her lifelong obsession with music, spending her teenage years working at a record shop and post-graduation working as a graphic designer at some of the top UK music and celebrity magazines. Her bold, unapologetically confident portraits celebrate both the unknown and the famous through the immediacy of her paint handling. Dripping wet, broad-brush marks give an appearance of works that are fresh out of the studio.


Gerald O’Dowd spent his childhood surrounded by music, everything from Irish rebel songs to David Bowie, blues and reggae. Stating Bob Marley as his first musical interest, O’Dowd studied Fine Art at the University of East London. He uses his art practice as ongoing therapy following an acute bout of mental illness in the 90s. He creates emotionally charged works using film, sculpture, painting, poetry, and song to convey his belief in the power of love and unity.


Private View: 6-9.30pm Thursday 4 April 2019


Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE


Exhibition: 2-29 April 2019


Artists photographed by Yang-May Ooi

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