Glam rock icons inspire art show

  • Contemporary artist, Stuart Dalzell opens a new exciting exhibition in his hometown of Gravesend before transferring to London
  • Paintings inspired by the Glam Rock era including the iconic music of David Bowie
  • Collection of seven large-scale paintings – the first works Dalzell has exhibited after a seven-year hiatus
  • Dalzell has previously exhibited alongside Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and has sold work to one of the world’s biggest art collectors, Haskell Collection in Florida, USA.
  • Interviews and exclusive press previews of the work are available.

An exhibition of new contemporary paintings inspired by some of the world’s biggest names in music including David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed opens at The Blake Gallery in Gravesend, Kent in July.

The show, entitled Icons – The Glam Rock Years features seven large-scale paintings by Gravesend-based contemporary artist Stuart Dalzell, which will transfer to Clerkenwell Gallery on 24 July.

This is Dalzell’s first show after an absence of seven years and sees the unveiling of new work fusing his passion for music with his love for art, creating a visual Greatest Hits of his favourite era in rock ‘n’ roll.

The collection of seven paintings is inspired by the first seven albums from Dalzell’s vinyl record collection, which he started in 1972 and has influenced his work since he began painting more than 20 years ago.

The seven classic albums include: Electric Warrior by T.Rex, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie and Raw Power by Iggy Pop.

Stuart Dalzell said: “Britain in the early 70s was a depressing place, nobody could have realised that such grim times would provide the perfect environment for the birth of a new era in music – Glam Rock.

“It was decadent, shocking, glamorous, and incredibly exciting. It swaggered in lipstick and heels and delivered the perfect antidote for the times, firing the imagination of a new generation and outraging every parent in the UK. From Bowie to Bolan, Glam provided the perfect escape for every bored teenager – and that included me!

“These paintings are the reinvention of my first seven LPs (all Glam Rock classics) as a collection of abstract paintings – channeling the music and the lyrics into a painted image – the soundtrack of my misspent youth on canvas.”

All seven paintings use a combination acrylic paints, pastels, charcoal and mixed media. Each painting is an impressive 5ft high and 4ft wide.

Dalzell has been especially enthralled by the genius of David Bowie who became his idol after seeing him in concert in 1973 nearby in Chatham, Kent. Since then Dalzell has seen Bowie perform in venues across the world. In 2016 Dalzell was featured in the V&A Museum’s documentary, David Bowie is Happening, celebrating the David Bowie historical archive. He also contributed to the recent publication My Bowie Story by Dale K. Perry.

Dalzell, who has previously exhibited alongside Tracey Emin, Banksy and Grayson Perry, has shown work for 20-years across the UK including major shows in Manchester and London,

In 2002 he sold his painting Arcade Game to one of the world’s biggest contemporary art collectors, Haskell Collection, whose collection includes some of the best-known artists including Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.

Paintings in the collection include (and can be viewed on his website):

Icons – The Glam Rock Years opens in his hometown of Gravesend, at The Blake Gallery (named after the artist Sir Peter Blake), on Wednesday 11 July until Wednesday 18 July, with a private viewing on the evening of 11 July.

The exhibition then transfers to London’s Clerkenwell Gallery for a limited run from Tuesday 24 July until Saturday 28 July. Private viewing on the evening of 24 July.

Each painting is for available for sale and can be viewed online at

In addition, signed limited edition prints are also available for purchase.