Mad About Music

The Gallery, Clayton Square
26th March - 11th April 2010

Reviewed by Dominic Murphy

The Beatles feature prominently in the Gallery, in fact they dominate, just as they dominated the hit parade of the 1960s. Madelaina Murthwaite has numerous works of Beatles art on display, which differ greatly. Some are conventional and black and white; where others are more obscure and gaily coloured, almost psychedelic, reflecting sixties culture. Mick Jagger was captured finely by Murthwaite. Although just his face and shoulders are on show, looking at the picture you can almost see him strutting proudly as he owns his stage with every shake of hips. Elvis Presley also features in a innovative and unusual piece.

Other artists contribute to the collection such as Sharon Roberts. It is Roberts’ portrait of Michael Jackson in his later years which grabbed me most. Jackson’s genius and achievement in music is what I thought he would be remembered for, and perhaps he should be. However, his later years of controversy sadly seem to be his lasting legacy. Roberts’ portrait captures his darker side with ruthless precision. Contrast this with Murthwaite’s youthful portrait of a young Jackson and see just how dramatic and tragic his transformation sadly was.

Every generation is defined by music and this is reflected in Michael McDonald's piece. This could be a wall in any Liverpool street, a wall with graffiti describing the music moments of the past fifty years, a half century of changing Liverpool youth.

What better way to enjoy the fine art on show; than with a complimentary glass of champagne, with live acoustic entertainment on Thursdays at 4:30pm? I recommend this exhibition especially as it is in aid of fibromyalgia.

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Comment left by Rebecca Golder on 12th April, 2010 at 16:21
Really lively and colourful review, sounds like a great exhibition, will be sure to go!

Comment left by Blaidd Coch on 12th April, 2010 at 20:09
A very capturing review will make sure I go