September 14th would have been the 30th birthday of Amy Winehouse, and her family thought that this would be an ideal anniversary in which to celebrate the singer’s life. With this in mind, an exhibition has been set up at the Proud Galleries in Camden, called Amy Winehouse: For You I Was A Flame, and it will run from 12th September – 6th October 2013.
The exhibition is curated by the Amy Winehouse Foundation and has the full support of Amy’s family. Situated in Camden, which was a place that Amy spent a lot of her time in and loved, the exhibition will feature specially chosen works, and previously unseen pictures of Amy, all designed to showcase Amy’s life and career.
Exhibits on show include a 2004 photographic portrait by Jake Chessum, the infamous 2011 NME cover, shot by Dean Chalkley and the iconic stage shots by Andy Willsher alongside Carolyn Djanogly’s powerful nude.
There are also pictures which have been given to the exhibition by the leading graffiti artists Mr Brainwash and Bambi, and from Amy’s own collection, a Gerald Laing piece.
Amy’s family have also decided to share very special pieces of their own memorabilia which makes this exhibition an extremely personal one, for friends and fans alike.
Amy’s brother Alex said of the exhibition, and of the family’s decision to showcase some of their personal pictures: “We’re all very excited about the exhibition at Proud. Amy’s fans were absolutely amazing in the wake of her passing, and showed their love and loss in the most fantastic ways.
This, along with the photos and graffiti art, shows Amy at her glitzy best, and her most vulnerable, demonstrating the effect she had on her followers. We hope that everyone who comes feels the same way.”
Amy was 27-years-old when she died in 2011, and joined that infamous band of tragic music stars called the ‘Forever 27’, people who never made it to their 28th birthdays. But despite her amazing presence onstage, she always classed herself as a shy performer, confiding in Neil McCormick of The Telegraph: “I’m not a natural born performer.
I’m a natural singer, but I’m quite shy, really,” adding that once she starting performing, she felt alright: “You know what it’s like? I don’t mean to be sentimental or soppy but its a little bit like being in love, when you can’t eat, you’re restless, it’s like that. But then the minute you go on stage, everything’s OK. The minute you start singing.”
To find out more about the Proud Galleries Amy Winehouse: For You I Was A Flame Exhibition, visit the gallery website.
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