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    Arrogance sank Concordia

    Arrogance sank Concordia

    A fascinating tale of ego and described by many as a symbol of magnificent, but malfunctioning Italy. I find it amazing how much damage and heartache the stupidity of one man can cause. Also having served in the navy, the though of a captain leaving a ship for safety first is a disgrace. I kept seeing all these images of the capsized vessel very close to land and found many very abstract and hard to decipher. By positioning the captain with his lady friend safely drinking ashore, the scale of this disaster becomes apparent and you can almost her him say-" I used to drive that thing" Thirty-two people died as Concordia capsized and its Captain Francesco Schettino denies multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship. Oil on canvas
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    Reminiscing Rosco

    Reminiscing Rosco

    Rosko was a renowned dj. He was a radio philosopher and poet who delved into rock, soul, folk and jazz . Rosko read poetry and conversed with his unseen listeners in almost fatherly monologues. He was the conscious of New York City and listeners remember Rosko as a voice of reason and defender of morality. Rosko backed his convictions, with action, and often paid the price for his stands. At WOR-FM, in 1967, management decided to implement a highly restrictive format. Rosko didn’t agree, arguing responsibility to listeners. He resigned, on air without warning and spoke for five minutes about why he was resigning, saying, '’When are we going to learn that controlling something does not take it out of the minds of people?'’ Bill Roscoe Mercer passed away on Tuesday 1 August 2000 in New York City, at 73.
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    Malizia

    Malizia

    This painting was inspired by Fred Bongusto's beautiful & rare soundtrack to the film with the same name. The film is about the parallel desire of a widower and his three sons for their new housekeeper and challenged many taboos at the time of its release. I highly recommend the album, full of erotic italian soft grooves & laid back jazz. Framed oil on canvas
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    Another Cog In The Wheel

    Another Cog In The Wheel

    Homage to the industrial revolution and its functional moving shapes that was once controlled by humans. The future is somewhat shapeless and abandoned. Oil painted board collage on wood in frame.
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    Grayscale

    Grayscale

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    Pearls Before Swine

    Pearls Before Swine

    Anyone who has ever performed knows the feeling of being unappreciated. During my long career as a DJ I've many times found myself spinning beautiful records to loud and indifferent people with way too much money. Imagine living you life without a passion for music.
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    A&R

    A&R

    It’s more relevant than ever when we live in the X-factor society of today. Music is many times created to generate money rather than emotions. Who's got the time to learn an instrument or mastering a voice when the phone is ringing..."Hey it’s your career calling"
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    Mr Fingers

    Mr Fingers

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    Wasabo

    Wasabo

    This painting was the cover of the third release with the same name on Location recordings. The record was a big hit especially in Japan where a good jazz groove is always appreciated.
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    Fred The Shred

    Fred The Shred

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    Troubadour

    Troubadour

    Armed with an untuned guitar and a crackly voice, he is the troubadour and he is ready to wreck your party. If you've seen this man get in touch, the reward is generous.
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    Eureka

    Eureka

    The moment every vinyl junkie loves and unfortunately it happens less with the demise of the record shop. I used to spend hours in a dusty bargain basement in Sheppard’s bush where every record was 50 pence. I remember exiting this tomb covered in dust with a bunch of records under my arm and a great sense of achievement.
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    Going Up... In Smoke

    Going Up... In Smoke

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    Thorn Harp Lady

    Thorn Harp Lady

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    Let It Rip

    Let It Rip

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    Signor Lovatti

    Signor Lovatti

    This bloodsucking flute player got his name from the frame he lives in which was acquired at Lacies frame store on Westbourne groove. I can only assume Lovatti was a long forgotten Italian painter. Lovatti's sleepy eyes has many times followed me around the room almost as he is trying to drag me into his dark world.
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    Rotunda Dreamtower

    Rotunda Dreamtower

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    Late

    Late

    Its said that a common trait in artistic people is that they are dominated by the right side of their brain and therefore fairly disorganised and often dreamers. This would explain why a lot of musicians and artists are always......late. Oil on canvas in vintage frame
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    Reich

    Reich

    My homage to the brilliant minimalist composer Steve Reich. I was fortunate enough to see him on his 80 birthday at the Barbican performing Music for 18 musicians with the original cast of gray distinguished super musicians. Reich's music is very complicated and only a few people in the world have the skill and stamina to perform his intricate scores. ____________________________________ Oil on canvas in antique frame.
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    Capoeira

    Capoeira

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    Slide9

    Slide9

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    Sorry

    Sorry

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    Mumbai

    Mumbai

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    Breaktape

    Breaktape

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    Strings attached

    Strings attached