WILL Sergeant has been at the top of his game as a guitar artist for decades.
Now his first exhibition, My Own Worst Enemy, has opened in the brand new Penny Lane Gallery. The pieces are autobiographical and as Will has been around the block a few times, it's as diverse and colourful as you might hope.
Wonderful images of his dad as a boy and a WW2 soldier, moths, flick knives, Russian icons and even Victoriana.
Looking around the mixture of striking and highly collectable abstracts and screen prints, it's hard to believe he's had no formal training.
Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that his mentor on this latest journey is his old chum Colin Fallows, head of sound and vision at Liverpool John Moores University.
Last night's private view in the tiny gallery space, which is on the bridge at 38 Penny Lane, was awash with well known faces from Will's musical life, the Liverpool arts and cultural scene - not forgetting the glitterati of Burscough.
Christine Colvin: Blurry but happyThe ching-ching of the till - from people buying limited edition prints - and the genuine articles - was the main noise above the chatter. This will undoubtedly have been of great comfort to owner Christine Colvin who sold her house to realise her lifelong dream: a gallery where famous names from the music industry could show and sell their art.
Christine was formerly an A-List events organiser (Cannes Film Festival level dears), has a contacts book that a showbiz editor would die for and has more big names lined up when Will's exhibition comes to an end in February.
Horace Panter, bassist in The Specials, is next up with Robots, Saints and (Extra) Ordinary People, currently at The Strand Gallery in London.
Howard Be Thy Name,
Arthur Black and Will Sergeant“Music and art have always been my passions,” she says, “and it had to be on Penny Lane for a whole variety of reasons. Everyone has heard of it and musicians are excited about saying they have shown their work here.”
Anyway, Christine obviously knows how to throw a bash because our heads tell us so today.
Here are the pictures.
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