Published Date: 06 August 2009
A HARROGATE exhibition starring an artist who once lived and worked
with a Beatle has had its run extended, writes Graham Chalmers.
After a good response, We Are Pop, presented by RedHouse Originals in
Harrogate, will now finish on Friday, August 21.
Featured artists include Yorkshire-born Dudley Edwards who at the
peak of the Swinging Sixties shared a house with Paul McCartney for
six, heady months in 1967, a time of bells, beads, parties and Sgt Pepper.
Proclaiming themselves the design collective BEV, the young trio of
Edwards, David Vaughan and Douglas Binder quickly won a reputation in
the burgeoning flower power movement for their swirling, colourful
patterns. Soon they were drawn into the orbit of the Beatles.
McCartney, in particular, was so impressed with the groundbreaking
murals they'd done for furniture, cars and walls, he asked Binder and
Edwards to paint his piano, one he still uses on tour to this day.
We Are Pop takes place at the John Mackie Gallery on Cheltenham
Mount. Visitors can see prints of some of Edwards' and BEV's work
from that period, as well as pieces by Peter Blake and Andy Warhol
and contemporary artists such as Banksy and Ezra.
For more information, visit www.redhouseoriginals.co