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Will Sergeant's art show opens with party

Brand new Penny Lane Gallery to exhibit work of musical peeps

Written by . Published on November 25th 2011.

Will Sergeant's art show opens with party

WILL Sergeant has been at the top of his game as a guitar artist for decades. 

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But true artists frequently have many expressions and for some time now, the Echo and The Bunnymen veteran has been focusing on the visual end of art. Prolifically so. 

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.

“I told the careers teacher I wanted to be a zoo-keeper and they sent me on a welding course,” he says somewhat ruefully. He even worked as a chef at one point before the music kicked off.

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.

P1010100Christine 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.

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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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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Recovering alcoholicNovember 25th 2011.

There is always drink involved with you lot isn't there?

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Blimey O'ReillyNovember 26th 2011.

If there was no free drink Arthur Black wouldn't be there.

UrsulaNovember 25th 2011.

Looks like fun and everyone seems to scrub up very well. Not a spray tan in sight!!! LOL.

AnonymousNovember 25th 2011.

No bog-eye either

AnonymousNovember 26th 2011.

what's the guy who sells the potatoes at the farmers market doing there?

AnonymousNovember 26th 2011.

Isn't it nice to see the loveliest member of Echo and the Bunnymen doing something marvellous?

Liverpool WagNovember 26th 2011.

Are you Mr Sergeant's auntie, "anonymous"

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