Young Gifted and Black – Norman Jay MBE
I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to my friend and DJ #NormanJayMBE for coming to Putney Pies to sign his diamond dust fine art print. I invited Norman Jay to join my rock’n’roll collection to raise money for Sir Elton John’s Aids Foundation in the name of peace, art and rock’n’roll. Pretty Green on Carnaby Street in London kindly let us use their space to take this iconic photograph. I diamond dusted it because the sparkle represents the glamour of rock’n’roll. The image behind the diamonds however is the true being that has worked so hard to achieve what he has in this life, and is continuing to do so every day. This rock’n’roll collection is a lyrical journey. Each print is named after a lyric or track. NJ chose to call this image “Young Gifted and Black” after the famous song by Nina Simone. A powerful track. Behind every musician is an individual hard working story. Norman Jay MBE has played music at the famous Notting Hill Carnival and been part of so many changes in this city through music. It’s been a pleasure to have him on board this collection. We met a while back on a scooter rally with the mod’s. So glad we met that day. Rock’n’roll to the core.
The signed original print has been sold! There are a few limited edition diamond dust prints still available though. They really sparkle. Gorgeous. If you are interested just send me a message and I can give you the details.
Thank you x
This is the poem I wrote that is what the whole exhibition is about:
Welcome to my project, my world of creation
Art that contributes a difference to the nations
I strive to achieve, reward the soul
To bring meaning, substance, love, let it flow
Life is a gift, a trusty steed, let us end the suffering, listen to it’s need
Our journeys are tangled with success and failure
Time does not alter the on going pacer
Let’s light up this world with an army for change
Make a difference and shine so no darkness remains
A visual story, each one has it’s own
A lyrical wonder of musings here shown.
Pen on to paper it’s all black and white
The click of the camera together, unite
So join with me now and embrace what I ask
Rock’N’Roll December alive, unmasked…