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The first-ever solo show of the late music star, RCA alumnus and painter features 30 artworks produced during 1961-72.

While he may be best known as the outspoken front man of the Kilburns or the Blockheads, back in the 1960s Ian Dury was starting to make waves an artist, not a Rock and Roll star.

Curated by his daughter Jemima, Clash manager Kosmo Vinyl and graphic designer Jules Balme, the exhibition draws on the multifaceted aspects of Dury's career, exploring how the growing culture of music and celebrity influenced his Pop Art style.

A student at RCA from 1963-66, Dury was taught by Sir Peter Blake and his work often combined text, bold colour and photorealist elements.

After leaving the Royal College of Art, he had some success as a freelance illustrator, working for The Sunday Times and London Life magazines, but once his music career took off in the early 70s, most of his paintings were stored away by his family.

Jemima Dury spent over two years tracking down other pieces by her father, securing loans from auction houses and independent dealers.

In fact, she only managed to find the final few missing items after making a last minute appeal in the press just weeks before the exhibition opened.

Funding for this display has been provided by an array of high profile sources, such as Robbie Williams, Demon Records and the Royal College of Art, as well as a Kickstarter campaign which saw donations from hundreds of fans, including the actor Andy Serkis, who played Dury in the biopic Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll.

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Dyson Gallery, 1 Hester Road, London, Greater London, SW11 4AN

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