ARTIST NIGEL WAYMOUTH CREATES COMMEMORATIVE POSTER FOR JOYCE
Tasked with creating an artwork, renowned British artist Nigel Waymouth developed a screen printed poster of which only 100 editions exist. The iconic artist drew on his background as founder of 60s fashion mecca Granny Takes a Trip and one half of art duo Hapshash and the Coloured Coat. Responsible for many of the most recognisable concert posters and record covers of the time for Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine, of which a selection are included in the permanent collection at the V&A Museum, Waymouth is no stranger to creating highly significant representations of culture, music and fashion.
Starting with a panoramic image taken from the highest bar in the World, the artist took inspiration from the electric Hong Kong skyline at dusk, creating a neon pink starry backdrop for the poster. Carefully researched by Waymouth, each detail included in the screen print has symbolic meaning. The work features a phoenix for peace and prosperity, Chinese dragons to signifying strength and luck, and the circular dragon coil for longevity. “All the elements: water, air fire, earth, they’re all there.” And the hot air balloon? “Well, that’s the human touch”, explains Waymouth.