Project Description

45RPM

Christian Furr and Gered Mankowitz

17 February to 3 April 2018

Royal portrait painter Christian Furr and legendary rock and roll photographer Gered Mankowitz collaborate in a merging of minds and methods.

Using source images by Gered Mankowitz, who has captured the likes of The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and singer Marianne Faithfull, the painter Christian Furr – who was the youngest artist ever, at age 28, to be commissioned to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II – applies his unique painting style to make colours express an image’s nuances.

The exhibition showcases the results of their collaborative work process, and each artwork is made in a limited editions of 5 examples. Every piece in each edition is individually hand-finished (to create, in effect, a completely unique piece), and each is supplied with a certificate of authenticity signed by Gered Mankowitz and Christian Furr.

Gered Mankowitz and Christian Furr will be at the gallery all day on Saturday 17 February 2018 and would be delighted to meet you.

Come and visit us in our beautiful new gallery space in Leamington Spa.

We look forward to seeing you.

Guy White
Director, Snap Galleries

Mick Jagger: Paint It Black – 23 x 29 inches

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Introduction

The artists recount the crossover of vision and technique.

When and how did you first meet?.

GM: More than about a dozen years ago – Christian suggested we do a portrait swap, which I was delighted to do. He painted my portrait and I photographed him in his studio– it was fun and felt like a positive coming together of minds. We have remained friends since then and when Christian proposed collaboration, I jumped at the idea.

How did this particular collaboration come about?

CF: I was looking closely at one of my Mankowitz photographs on the wall one day and saw it in colours in my mind. I got on to Gered and we had a little chat about doing something together.

What is the work process? Do you work separately or together?

GM: We discussed a basic concept and then Christian came to stay with me in Cornwall where we thrashed out a framework, tested some ideas and generally got excited about the project. We both wanted to create unique hand finished pieces and I was keen to produce the original prints myself. We liaise on an almost daily basis, bouncing ideas off each other.

Delving a little deeper into the process – Gered – are you providing Christian with your original black and white images to work on ?

GM: No, absolutely not – in fact that is the last thing either of us wanted to do. This project needed to be a collaboration in the complete sense, so, with that in mind we spent a lot of time together, discussing concepts, images and colour palettes and then I created completely new colour interpretations of the chosen images and produced hundreds of new prints myself at my studio in Cornwall, which I then sent to Christian in London. He then worked his magic on them to produce the final prints you see in the exhibition. For me a big part of the success of the project is that you really cannot define where my work ends and his begins, which is, I believe, the mark of a true collaboration.

CF: I think these art pieces are an opulent and unique combination of both Gered and my sensibilities. As in music – when musicians work together in a band to create a piece of music that transcends the sum of the parts, I think we have as well with our vivid 45RPM collection.

What were the criteria for choosing the photographs for the exhibition?

CF: Just looking at something with both pairs of eyes and suddenly thinking, “YES, that has something”. This means images that have not yet been seen before have become part of our collection.

GM: To be honest, that side of things fell into place pretty easily as well – Christian knows my work in depth and we clicked at every choice.

When do you know that the painting is done?

CF: Art is never finished, only abandoned. You come to a natural conclusion and know when it’s time to leave something alone. Leaving a bit of space. Like music, the silent passages are as important as the noisy ones.

GM: I never really know when a piece of art is finished, but I am getting to a point with a print where it feels right and I sense that there is enough of me on the paper and that it is time for Christian to complete the vision.

Do you work listening to music?

CF: I am always listening to music in the studio. I can’t live without it. At the moment I am listening to His Purpleness Prince and London Grammar.

GM: I always had music playing at the studio when I worked and I play music when I am on the computer now– lot of Stones, Soul & Blues but I like sticking iTunes on shuffle and being surprised!

Gallery interiors

The Rolling Stones – Splash series

The Rolling Stones Splash series consist of five prints of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones.

Each one is made by Gered Mankowitz using pigment inks on Hahnemuhle German etching paper and then individually finished by Christian Furr using gold leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel.

Dimensions: unframed print 74 x 59cm / 29 x 23 inches.

Framed size – 85 x 68 cm / 33.5 x 27 inches.

Edition of 5 prints in each colour, each one with unique hand-finishing.

Each is supplied with Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

Keith Splash – Cinema Blue – 23 x 29 inches

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Keith Splash – Wave Blue – 23 x 29 inches

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Keith Splash – Absinthe Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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Keith Splash – Prince Purple – 23 x 29 inches

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Keith Splash – Desert Sand – 23 x 29 inches

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Mick Splash – Cherry Red – 23 x 29 inches

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Mick Splash – Blue Diamonds – 23 x 29 inches

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Mick Splash – London Green – 23 x 29 inches

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Mick Splash – Electric Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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Mick Splash – Golden Slumber – 23 x 29 inches

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Brian Splash – Med blue – 23 x 29 inches

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Brian Splash – Golden Slumber – 23 x 29 inches

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Brian Splash – Neon Green Gold – 23 x 29 inches

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Brian Splash – Battenberg Pink – 23 x 29 inches

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Brian Splash – Electric Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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Mick Jagger – Rimbaud Green

42 x 42 inches 

This large format 42 x 42 inch / 107 cm x 107 cm artwork is made from original files created by Gered Mankowitz and produced as a Chromaluxe print on aluminium. This is then hand finished by Christian Furr with gold and copper leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel.

Dimensions: unframed 107 x 107 cm / 42 x 42 inches. Framed size – 122 x 122 cm / 48 x 48 inches.

Edition of 5 – each one with unique hand-finishing.

Each is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

Mick – Rimbaud Green – 42 x 42 inches

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Paint it Black – an artwork incorporating Air-Ink

Mick – Paint It Black – 23 x 29 inches

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One of the pieces is the 45RPM exhibition, titled Paint it Black, has been made using Air-Ink, an innovative ink made from air pollution.

Air-Ink was developed by Anirudh Sharma, founder of Graviky Labs. He first conceived the idea in 2013 after he and his friends observed that his clothes were being stained by air pollution. Sharma and his team spent close to three years researching how to purify and repurpose carbon soot from auto emissions.  Since 2016, an ongoing collaboration with Tiger Beer has resulted in the harvesting  of carbon emissions from the exhaust pipes of Tiger Beer delivery trucks, which are turned into Air-Ink

Paint it Black, by Furr & Mankowitz, shown here for the first time, will be hanging on the gallery wall during the exhibition, and incorporates Air-Ink.

“ We were determined that this should be a true collaboration of our two skill-sets, and with that in mind I started creating my images and producing the first prints in early 2017, shipping them up to Christian’s studio in London where he worked his magic. 

The first results were stunning and so exciting; it was difficult to see where I ended and Christian begun, the work merged so naturally….a true collaboration Gered Mankowitz

 Jimi Hendrix

Mr Jimi series

The Mr Jimi series consist of five prints.

Each one is made by Gered Mankowitz using pigment inks on Hahnemuhle German etching paper and then individually finished by Christian Furr using gold leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel.

Dimensions: unframed print 74 x 59cm / 29 x 23 inches.

Framed size – 85 x 68 cm / 33.5 x 27 inches.

Edition of 5 prints in each colour, each one with unique hand-finishing.

Each is supplied with Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

Mr Jimi – Med blue – 23 x 29 inches

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Mr Jimi – Sunflower Gold – 23 x 29 inches

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Mr Jimi – Green Gold – 23 x 29 inches

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Mr Jimi – Electric Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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Mr Jimi – Neon Ruby – 23 x 29 inches

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Jimi Hendrix – 27.5 x 27.5 inches

These two prints are made from original files created by Gered Mankowitz and produced as Chromaluxe prints on aluminium. These are then hand finished by Christian Furr with gold leaf, acrylic paint, oil pastel and diamond dust. Limited edition of 5 prints, each one with unique hand-finishing.  An unframed artwork measures  70 x 70cm / 27.5 x 27.5 inches. Framed dimensions 81 x 81cm / 32 x 32 inches.

Each is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

Jimi – Midnight Red – 27.5 x 27.5 inches

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Jimi – Smoking, Purple Yellow – 27.5 x 27.5 inches

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Jimi Rockin’ series

The Jimi Rocking series consist of five prints.

Each one is made by Gered Mankowitz using pigment inks on Hahnemuhle German etching paper and then individually finished by Christian Furr using gold leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel.

Dimensions: unframed print 74 x 59cm / 29 x 23 inches.

Framed size – 85 x 68 cm / 33.5 x 27 inches.

Edition of 5 prints in each colour, each one with unique hand-finishing.

Each is supplied with Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

 Jimi Rockin’ – Blue Haze – 23 x 29 inches

 

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 Jimi Rockin’ – Golden Slumber – 23 x 29 inches

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 Jimi Rockin’ – Phoenix Orange – 23 x 29 inches

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 Jimi Rockin’ – Madder Haze – 23 x 29 inches

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 Jimi Rockin’ – Absinthe Yellow Gold – 23 x 29 inches

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Jimi Sun Gold

Chromaluxe – 42 x 42 inches

This spectacular print is made from original files created by Gered Mankowitz and produced as a Chromaluxe print on aluminium. This is then hand finished by Christian Furr with gold and copper leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel. Edition of 5 prints, each one unique. Dimensions: unframed print 107 x 107 cm / 42 x 42 inches. Framed size -122 x 122 cm / 48 x 48 inches.

Each print is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

Jimi Sun Gold – 42 x 42 inches

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The collaboration

Christian Furr

I have always loved these elegant images, so to work with Gered on creating something new has been very exciting..

In some of the images you will see shapes – they were gilded in distinct types of loose gold leaf then coloured. We liked the unusual almost alien contrast of the formal geometric against the expressive paintwork and thought it reflected something of the themes in our subject matter.

In some of the images the spaces are extended by flipping or mirroring the existing imagery and then me working over the surface in assorted colours – so there is an air of mystery as to ‘what is what’. The more you look at them the more you see.

I think these art pieces are an opulent and unique combination of both Gered and my sensibilities. As in music – when musicians work together in a band to create a piece of music that transcends the sum of the parts, I think we have as well with our vivid collection.

Gered Mankowitz

When Christian Furr proposed that we collaborate on a project together I was enthusiastic but uncertain about the next step!

We met at my studio in Cornwall in late 2016 for an intensive 24-hour brainstorm and rapidly developed a concept. We selected the archive images that we wanted to work with and roughed up a few ideas. We chose paper, settled on sizes and agreed on colours.

We were determined that this should be a true collaboration of our two skill-sets and with that in mind I started creating my images and producing the first prints in early 2017, shipping them up to Christian’s studio in London where he worked his magic.

The first results were stunning and so exciting; it was difficult to see where I ended and
Christian begun, the work merged so naturally… a true collaboration!

Kate Bush

Chromaluxe – 42 x 42 inches

This spectacular large format 107 cm x 107 cm / 42 x42 inch print is made from original files created by Gered Mankowitz and produced as a Chromaluxe print on aluminium. This is then hand finished by Christian Furr with acrylic paint and oil pastel. An edition of 5 prints, each one unique. Unframed print measures 107 x 107 cm / 42 x 42 inches. Framed size – 122 x 122 cm  / 48 x 48 inches.

Each print is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

Kate – Deep Rose – 42 x 42 inches

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Kate series 

The Kate series consist of five prints.

Each one is made by Gered Mankowitz using pigment inks on Hahnemuhle German etching paper and then individually finished by Christian Furr using gold leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel.

Dimensions: unframed print 74 x 59cm / 29 x 23 inches.

Framed size – 85 x 68 cm / 33.5 x 27 inches.

Edition of 5 prints in each colour, each one with unique hand-finishing.

Each is supplied with Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

 Kate – Blue Diamonds – 23 x 29 inches

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 Kate – Golden Slumber– 23 x 29 inches

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 Kate – London Green – 23 x 29 inches

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 Kate – Cherry Rose – 23 x 29 inches

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 Kate – Electric Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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“ These art pieces are an opulent and unique combination of both Gered and my sensibilities. As in music – when musicians work together in a band to create a piece of music that transcends the sum of the parts – I think so have we with our colourful collection.” Christian Furr

 Marianne Faithfull

Flowers series 

These prints are made by Gered Mankowitz using pigment inks on Hahnemuhle German etching paper and are then individually finished by Christian Furr using gold leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel.  Edition of 5 prints, each one unique. Unframed print measures 74 x 59cm / 29 x 23 inches. Framed dimensions 85 x 68 cm / 33.5 x 27 inches.

Each print is supplied with Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

Marianne Flowers – Deep Rose – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Go Green – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Electric Pink – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Electric Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Golden Slumber – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Silver Screen – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Rose Blue – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Three Colours Blue – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Powder Peach – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Golden Sand – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Rose Gold – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Powder Blue – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Flowers – Madder Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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Marianne Faithfull

Diamonds series

The Marianne Diamonds series consist of five prints.

Each one is made by Gered Mankowitz using pigment inks on Hahnemuhle German etching paper and then individually finished by Christian Furr using gold leaf, acrylic paint and oil pastel.

Dimensions: unframed print 74 x 59cm / 29 x 23 inches.

Framed size – 85 x 68 cm / 33.5 x 27 inches.

Edition of 5 prints in each colour, each one with unique hand-finishing.

Each is supplied with Certificate of Authenticity signed by both Christian Furr & Gered Mankowitz.

 Marianne with Diamonds – Blue Diamonds – 23 x 29 inches

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 Marianne with Diamonds – Golden Slumber – 23 x 29 inches

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 Marianne with Diamonds – London Green – 23 x 29 inches

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 Marianne with Diamonds – Cherry Rose – 23 x 29 inches

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 Marianne with Diamonds – Electric Violet – 23 x 29 inches

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Souvenir posters

Christian Furr and Gered Mankowitz have created two signed limited edition posters for the exhibition. Each limited edition souvenir poster is printed borderless (so the image fills the paper) on heavyweight 250 gsm paper, and is personally signed by both Christian Furr and Gered Mankowitz. Just 200 will be produced. Dimensions are a generous 59.4 x 59.4cm ( 23 x 23 inches) and each is supplied in a sturdy tube.

Souvenir exhibition poster – Kate
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Souvenir exhibition poster – Jimi
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Framing

We can supply artwork unframed or framed, and offer a choice of a white or black box frame for the pieces in the 45RPM exhibition.

White box frame
Black box frame