Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dave Stewart's New Photo Exhibition "Jumpin' Jack Flash & The Suicide Blonde"

West Hollywood, CA (West Hollywood Today) 7/16/2013

By Karen Ostlund
Left, Dave Stewart with friends at the opening.

Eurythmics'  Dave Stewart opened a new photo exhibition Jumpin' Jack Flash & The Suicide Blonde,  last Saturday at Sunset Marquis Gallery (Morrison Hotel Gallery), located at 1200 Alta Loma Road in West Hollywood.

This exhibition is open to the public and features Stewart's iconic photographs of Damien Hirst, Demi Moore, Carla Bruni, Björk, Mick Jagger, Sinead O'Connor, Orianthi, Joss Stone and more, including new and unseen photographs.

Dave Stewart is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for his work beside Annie Lennox in Eurythmics, one of the most successful pop-rock duos of all time.

Right, Dave Stewart with actor Elliott Gould
and singer Linda Perry

Beyond his creative work in the music industry, Stewart is also a known as a author, director, filmmaker and photographer. His career spans three decades and over 100 million album sales.

Behind the scenes, Dave has produced albums and co-written songs with Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Bono, Joss Stone, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Diamian Marley and more, earning numerous Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way.

 Stewart said, “I’ve always been obsessed with visual imagery since I was a child. These portraits were mostly taken in my apartment, I don’t know how or why these shoots came together – usually it was just part of a continuing conversation or a spur of the moment thing.

Stewart continued: I’m always taking photos or filming stuff for no reason, other than to document what is going on around me. It’s a kind of re-assurance to myself that these things did actually happen.”
Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox backstage 1986-87

“Dave Stewart is one of the more creative musicians/artist/photographers working today. He continues to produce mind blowing things at a very fast pace. He is always doing something – sound, video, photography, film and music. He is a creative powerhouse to watch when it comes to his photography and we are very pleased to present him in this exhibit,” said gallery co-owner and iconic photographer Timothy White.

Trixon, lead of 70's rockband Sirius Trixon & The Motor City Bad Boys
in front of Dave's photo of Orianthi

The story behind Eurythmics: Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists (originally known as The Catch), who split in 1980,  and Eurythmics were formed that year.

The duo released their first album, In the Garden, in 1981 to little fanfare, but went on to achieve global success with their second album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), released in 1983.

 The title track was a worldwide hit, topping the chart in various countries including the US.

Kat Kramer (actress) in front of Dave's photo of Demi Moore
dressed as a man.

The duo went on to release a string of hit singles and albums before they split in 1990. By this time, Stewart had already embarked on a parallel music career and was also a sought-after record producer, while Lennox began a solo recording career in 1992 with her debut album Diva.

Stewart moved to France and immediately after the split, and released an album with his new band The Spiritual Cowboys. A second album followed in 1991. Both albums were Gold in France.

Left, Dave with photographer Henry Diltz, best known for
his photographs of The Doors 1969-70

After almost a decade apart, Eurythmics reformed in the late 1990s to record their ninth album, Peace which was released in late 1999. They reunited again in 2005 to release the single "I've Got a Life", as part of a new Eurythmics
compilation album, Ultimate Collection, released to coincide with Eurythmics' 25th anniversary.
Morrison Hotel's founding photographer Henry Diltz was also present at the opening, best known for his photographs from last year’s  exhibition “The Doors, 1969-70”

Left, Bjork - In Space and Sinead O'Connor - Kiss Me I'm Irish
Dave's photos of Mick Jagger - Jumpin' Jack Flash and
Bjork - Enjoy Cock




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