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Terry O’Neill masterpieces seen through new eyes

The photographer Terry O’Neill is widely regarded as one of the greatest image makers of the 20th century and, in a celebration of his mastery, an exhibition is to be held of his works that have been re-interpreted by some of today’s image makers.

Leading contemporary artists from America and Britain are taking his iconic masterpieces of photography and re-envisaging them into their own mediums of expertise.

Terry O’Neill has spoken about this exhibition, saying that he has been looking over his own photographs for decades and they are now very familiar to him. He said that what he loves about this particular collaboration with Rook and Raven is the fact that today’s young artists are interpreting iconic images with a fresh eye and he was excited by what he is seeing and why they are doing it.

He added that for him personally, there was nothing quite as rewarding as working with fresh ideas and new young talents. This exhibition will be running from 8th-31st March 2012.

Terry O’Neill is acclaimed for his intimate images of the famous and powerful and is responsible for some of the most recognizable photography of the last 50 years. His work is marked by a sense of immediacy and honesty no longer afforded to photographers today.

O’Neill recalls how “none of the Sixties stars took themselves too seriously,” a far cry from the micro-managed celebrity ‘brands’ of today, where reality is distorted unrecognizably by paparazzi, art directors and Photoshop. With this in mind, Terry O’Neill is inspired by this innovative collaboration with Rook & Raven to produce unique, never-before-seen original artwork working with their highly eclectic mix of contemporary artists.

‘Terry O’Neill – Reworked’ sees many of the photographer’s most iconic images alongside a reinterpreted version inspired by and incorporating Terry O’Neill’s photographs, including the infamous Brigitte Bardot with cigar and Raquel Welch on the crucifix. Exhibiting alongside these unique pieces of artwork are Terry O’Neill’s highly collectable fine-art limited edition prints and the artists’ own work in order to contextualise the collaboration.

The artists in question represent Rook & Raven’s alternative contemporary ideals brilliantly. Ranging from the classic cinematic quality of the images Pam Glew conjures on dyed, bleached and deconstructed fabrics to the cursive tag of Curtis Kulig, the man responsible for the omnipresent ‘Love Me’ that has brought him to the attention of the world, ensuing collaborative projects with the likes of make up giants Bobbi Brown.

The illustrious lineup of collaborating artists is made up of James Marshall, aka Dalek, whose progressive geometric abstract works intersperse bold colours and complex linear patterns; James Dawe, who creates ethereal, multidimensional collages that have graced magazines and ad campaigns, and Daniel Lumbini, whose contemporary paintings combine visceral brush marks with strategically-placed media and James Mylne, whose photo-realistic ballpoint drawings have gained him world wide notoriety and an avid collector base.

‘Terry O’Neill – Reworked’ will showcase many of the photographer’s most iconic works as well as outstanding contemporary talent. It will also serve as a fascinating exploration of ideas surrounding ownership and perceived value.

Exclusive Media preview: Wednesday 7th March 6.30 – 9.30PM

Private view: Thursday 8th March 6.30-9.30PM

Rook and Raven, 7-8 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HN


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