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Miles Davis artwork on show in London

May 28, 2009

Apart from holding down the job of Jazz Main Man, Music for Grown-Ups favourite Miles Davis was also a painter and drawer, especially in his later days.

An exciting exhibition of his work is showing in London next week. I’ll be reporting on what I find there on Music for Grown-Ups: watch this space…

The Exhibition will be held from Monday 1st June through to Saturday 6th June inclusive from 11.00 – 5.30 p.m. daily at The Exchange Court Gallery, 1-5 Exchange Court, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2R OJU.

All artwork is for sale and admission is free.

For directions, please go to their website:

www.1-5exchangecourt.com

and go into ‘Location’.

Gerry Smith

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Here’s the press release:

The last exhibition ever of drawings and oil paintings by the late Miles Davis, considered by many to be the world’s greatest jazz musician, will be showcased at The Exchange Court Gallery in Covent Garden from Monday 1st June 2009.

The Exhibition also includes some of the love notes Miles wrote to his girlfriend before his death.

Acquired from the private collection of Jo Gelbard, his sculptress
girlfriend, who inspired most of his work during the last five years of his life, the Miles Davis Exhibition will run until Saturday, 6th June, 2009.

In 1980 Miles began to focus his talent in a new direction and started seeking expression and creativity not just through music, but also through visual art.

He established himself as an immensely accomplished painter with bold and vibrant canvases full of colour and movement, reflecting the
constant changing moods and tempos of his music compositions. His painting reflects his well documented fascination with and love of women, together with evocations of African tribal art.

This work, since his death, has been largely under wraps with only a handful of one-off shows showcasing these fabulous works. Well-known celebrities such as Prince, Phil Collins and Diana Ross now own work from previous collections.

The exhibition is in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Miles Davis’ ‘Kind Of Blue’, acknowledged by music critics to be the greatest jazz album of all time.