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Project Description

SNAP CRACKLE AND POP!

New works in Pop Art by Keith Haynes

Our new exhibition, Snap Crackle and Pop, showcasing the work of Keith Haynes, runs from Saturday 3 November until Saturday 1 December 2018.

Snap Crackle and Pop! features a collection of 75 artworks by one of the gallery’s most popular artists, Keith Haynes.

Keith’s work explores pop art in its purest form, using album sleeves, record labels, badges and, of course, beautiful vinyl records – the hard currency of pop culture – to create striking and witty pop art pieces with a strong graphic design aesthetic.Whether it’s a graphically iconic portrait or a meaningful song lyric, each piece is created from original vinyl records chosen to enhance the subject matter; in these works the subject and the object are of equal importance.

A selection of photographs taken of the gallery installation, November 2018

The Clash – Guns series

The Clash “Guns” series is a beautiful collection that nicely encapsulates Keith’s style.

Cut from original Clash seven inch singles that themselves reference guns – be it in their song titles, subject matter or graphic design – each is supplied in a 25 x 25 cm  / 10 x 10 inch black box frame ready to hang. They are a nice size for small spaces and work well individually or in groups.

Subject covered include: Bankrobber, I Fought The Law, Guns of Brixton, Tommy Gun, (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (with its gun label), English Civil War and The Call Up.

These entry level signed limited edition pieces are very collectible, and at a price of £ 275 including frame, you won’t need to rob a bank to get yourself a Bankrobber – although you will have to move quickly if you want that particular piece because the edition is rapidly approaching its end.

Clash Guns – Bank Robber – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Tommy Gun – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Straight To Hell – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Rock The Casbah – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – I Fought The Law (grey label) – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – Guns of Brixton – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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The Clash – Five Guns

A larger format 60 x 60 cm piece incorporating five singles cut into guns

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Clash Guns – Hammersmith Palais – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – I Fought The Law (blue label) – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – English Civil War – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Clash Guns – The Call Up – in 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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Tommy Gun AK-47 on the gallery wall. Excuse the reflections.

The Clash – Tommy Gun – AK47

Tommy Gun – AK 47 is a large-format one-off piece, a circular artwork with a 100cm / 40 inch approx diameter, with a decommissioned AK-47 automatic rifle as its centrepiece, mounted on a circular frame covered with vibrant red perspex, into which Keith has inset a star containing original sleeves from The Clash’s ‘Tommy Gun’ single. A 100cm diameter circular clear perspex cover mounted on five aluminium rods protects the artwork.

No firearms certificate is required to own this spectacular installation piece. It comes with a Deactivation Certificate issued by The Birmingham Gun Barrell Proof House confirming that it is incapable of firing.

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All The Single Ladies

All The Single Ladies is one of our favourite pieces. A large format artwork in a 90 x 90 x 10cm perspex box frame, it consists of 26 seven inch singles, one for each letter of the alphabet, each one cut into heart shape. Each single has the name of a lady, from A to Z, and the full list for number 1/5 in the edition is as follows:

Angie – The Rolling Stones | Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys | Carrie Anne – The Hollies | Debora – T-Rex | Eloise – Barry Ryan with The Majority | Flora – Peter, Paul and Mary | Gloria – Them | Hey Hey Helen – ABBA | Isabella – Jimmy Crikitt | Jane – Jefferson Starship | Kim – Steve Hackett | Layla – Derek and the Dominos | Mona Lisa – Conway Twitty | Natasha – Orchester Albert van Dam | Ode to Olivia – Stella Parton |  Pamela Pamela – Wayne Fontana | Queenie Queenie – The Upstarts | Rosie – Jackson Browne | Sophie – Charlie | Tina – The Ron-Dells | Ursula – John Mogensen | Valerie – Time Gallery | To Wendy with Love – Sounds Orchestral | Xanthia – The Off-Set | Yolanda – Bobby Bland | Flowers for Zoe – Lenny Kravitz   

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Two-Tone, Madness and Factory

Three popular pieces from cut vinyl presented in black box frames with circular black window mounts.

M is for Madness – in 52 x 52 cm black box frame
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Factory – in 52 x 52 cm black box frame
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Go 2 Tone – in 52 x 52 cm black box frame
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American Pie

We love Keith’s take on Don McLean’s 1971 American Pie album – if you have the record, you will get the reference.

It comes in a 52  x 52 cm black box frame, with a circular black window mount.

It’s a cheery, positive piece – just right for these turbulent times.

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Larger portraits

Keith’s larger portraits typically measure 70 x 70 cm / 27.5 x 27.5 inches, and are presented in perspex box frames for a clean and uncluttered contemporary finish. These pieces really shine. Cut perspex forms the backdrop – the canvas if you want to think of it that way – to which Keith adds his meticulously cut original vinyl records to form the finished piece.

Ian Dury – Sex & Drugs – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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Joe Strummer – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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Paul Weller – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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Blondie – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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David Bowie – Loving The Alien – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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Jimi in a Spin – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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Bob Dylan a la Milton Glaser – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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The Beatles – Fab Four – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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The Beatles – Fab Four red white and blue – 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game – 91 x 66cm black box frame
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The Spines series

Many people think that Keith’s Spines series are photographs. That’s not the case. They are drawings which Keith makes from scratch, painstakingly recreating and combining each spine into the overall artwork. He has been known to make one deliberate mistake in each piece to demonstrate that it is not a reproduction.

Spines #1 – classics – image size 50 x 50 cm
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Spines 3 – Stones – image size 50 x 50 cm
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Spines #2  – Bowie – image size 50 x 50 cm
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Spines #4 – Beatles – image size 50 x 50 cm
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Spines #6 – Springsteen – image size 44 x 100 cm
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Spines #5 – Punk and New Wave – image size 50 x 50 cm
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Spines – The Jam – in 100 x 24.5 cm frameless perspex face-mount.
For reasons of space, we are presenting this horizontally, but it is designed to be hung vertically. You can do it either way actually – whatever floats your boat.
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Spines Bowie, Beatles & Stones – in 150 x 50 cm frameless perspex face-mount
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Vinyl Underground

Vinyl Underground is Keith’s riff on the famous Andy Warhol designed banana cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico, the first album by The Velvet Underground. It is presented in a 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame, ready to hang. 

Keith’s version uses yellow vinyl versions of the Velvet Underground album, along with a cheeky addition – a yellow vinyl seven inch of “Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song)” by The Dickies from 1979 – which you can see up near the top of the banana.

In fact this entire piece is the top banana.

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Smaller portraits

The portraits that follow are made with original cut vinyl and presented in black box frames measuring 52 x 52 cm.

Johnny Rotten – Anarchy In The UK – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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Madonna – Like A Virgin – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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Marc Bolan – The Slider – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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Joe Strummer – Sandinista – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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Freddie Mercury – A Day At The Races – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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The Beatles – HELP! – in 52 x 52 cm white box frame
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John Lennon – Shaved Fish – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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The Beatles – Single Heads – John, Paul, George and Ringo – each in a 25 x 25 cm black box frame
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The Rolling Stones – Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie, each in a 52 x 52 cm box frame
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The Clash – star – in 52 x 52 cm black box frame
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David Bowie – BLACKSTARMAN Diamond – in 52 x 52 cm black box frame
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Elvis on Gold – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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Sleeves and words

These pieces combine original album or single sleeves with words from songs in gold or silver. They are supplied in black wood frames.

We Could Be Heroes – 95 x 95cm black wood frame
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Can’t Buy Me Love – 95 x 95cm black wood frame
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Love is a Losing Game – 95 x 95cm black wood frame
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Never Mind The Pollocks God Save The Sex Pistols – in 85 x85 cm black box frame
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Maps and legends

Keith’s large format map based artworks are real showstoppers.

Each original vinyl record that features on a map has been specifically chosen because it represents the place name where it is located on the map. Keith’s maps feature the UK, USA, London and New York. The maps are made in dramatic large sizes in perspex box frames.

Hitsville UK – Part of the Union – in 150cm x 100cm perspex box frame

Hitsville UK – Part of the Union

Hitsville UK – Part of the Union has pride of place on the back wall of the gallery during Keith’s exhibition.

To create the backdrop, an aged Union flag is stretched and mounted behind perspex, and original seven-inch singles, selected for their place name references, have been cut to shape and combined to form the land mass. The entire piece sits within a 150 x 100 x 7 cm (60 x 40 x 3 inches approx) perspex box frame.

Keith provides the purchaser with a memory stick on which he has recorded each of the records in the piece prior to cutting.

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Hitsville USA – in 185cm x 125cm perspex box frame
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Going Underground IV: Brent Cross to Kennington – in 200 x 96 cm perspex frame
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New York Subway 4 – in two perspex box frames, overall size 200 x 125 cm
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Hitsville Manhattan – in 55 x 125 cm perspex box frame
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Hitsville London – in 135 x 110 cm perspex box frame
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Words and music

These pieces typically measure 70x 70 cm and many are presented in red perspex box frames. The seven inch singles that have been cut to form the letters of the words have ben specifically chosen because they reference the subject of the overall piece. For example, Love Is The Drug consists of songs about love and drugs. Geddit?

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – in 70 x 70 cm red perspex box frame
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The Beatles – Love Is All You Need – in 70 x 70 cm red perspex box frame
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Love is the Drug – in 70 x 70 cm red perspex box frame
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Fuck Art Let’s Dance – in 70 x 70 cm red perspex box frame
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Make Art Not War – in 70 x 70 cm red perspex box frame
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Born To Run – in 80 x 80cm red perspex box frame
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Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am! – in 70 x 70 cm red perspex box frame
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God Save The Queen – Vinyl Word – in 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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No Mr Bond – Silver edition – in 90 x 90 cm perspex box frame
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No Mr Bond! – Copper edition – in 90 x 90 cm perspex box frame
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God Save The Queen

God Save The Queen – Black on red – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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God Save The Queen – Pink on yellow – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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God Save The Queen – Nine Queens – in 80 x 70 cm perspex box frame

God Save The Queen – Nine Queens

The Sex Pistols, and their single “God Save The Queen” have been a strong influence and appear in a number of Keith’s artworks.

In Nine Queens, Keith brings together nine different coloured vinyl versions of the single on the A&M label, each one cut into the profile of Her Majesty.

This vibrant piece is presented in a 70 x 80 x 10 cm acrylic box frame.

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God Save The Queen – Last Post Union Jack – 35 x 35cm perspex box frame
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God Save The Queen – Last Post – in 52 x 52 cm box frame
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God Save The Queen – Diamond colour – in 25 x 25cm box frame
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God Save The Queen – Diamond black – in 25 x 25cm box frame
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Neon artworks

Love Neon – 39 x 39 cm perspex box with neon heart
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Love Me Do – 90 x 90 cm perspex box with neon words
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Nitrous Oxide

Two playful pieces constructed from Nitrous Oxide capsules

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – in 70 x 70 cm perspex box frame
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Love Is A Gas – in 31 x 31 cm perspex box frame
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Biography

London-born Keith Haynes is a contemporary artist whose work is driven by a passion for music and design.  Nostalgic and playful, Keith’s work has carved a distinctive niche in Pop Art culture, blending subject and object through his use of the ‘clutter’ of popular culture – button badges, album covers, and vinyl records.

With his love of graphic design, Keith creates work of striking visual acuity, playing with texture, colour and composition to generate an eye-catching aesthetic.  Retrospective and yet also forward-looking, Keith has found a delicate way of holding onto our tactile past, refusing the onslaught of digitalisation. 

Photo credit: Alexandria Savege

Whether it’s a graphically iconic portrait, a map or song lyric, each piece is created from a material that enhances the subject matter.

In his “Hitsville” map series of works, Keith selects each vinyl record based on the song’s title and the beauty and originality of the record label.  Look closely, and you’ll spot the geographical relevance of each record’s positioning, allowing the final piece to become not just a graphic representation but also an evocation of place through sound and music.  With this approach the subject is the object, and vice versa.

His work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and overseas and can be found in private collections in Europe, America, Canada, Asia and Australia.