Amy Winehouse would have celebrated her 30th birthday today. She was 27-years-old when she died in 2011 of acute alcohol poisoning.
Winehouse fans are expected to come to Camden Town today to mark the anniversary of the ‘Back To Black’ singer’s birthday. The 27-year-old was found dead in her newly renovated £2.7 million Camden Square home on 23 July 2011. Flowers music and poetry is planned by her fans at both the Camden Square house and at the Jewish Museum (Sun 15 Sept)where there is an exhibition celebrating her life. It runs until 15 September and offers a chance for fans to pay their respects to the artist.
Art Below created a memorial to the late singer, by commissioning a portrait which was shown on platform 1 of the Northern Line. It was painted by the highly regarded artist Johan Andersson. The ArtLyst sponsored poster went on show on the 9th July 2012 for 2 weeks and reached cult status, attracting messages and flowers in tribute. Overnight the portrait became iconic, capturing the attention of media from all over the world. Also exhibiting this July in Art Below’s build up show to the Olympics is Eine whograffiti seen through his symbiotic partnership with London graffiti artist Banksy. Other artists who have exhibited with Art Below include Banksy, Goldie, George Samurez Smith and the notorious criminal Charles Bronson.
Winehouse,The ‘Back to Black’ star was best known as a singer-songwriter,with powerful contralto vocals and an eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz. She received blanket tabloid publicity over her substance abuse and mental health issues. Amy had completed her third album but the release date was delayed by Island Records when she went into rehab. Winehouse joined a long line of important 20/21 century musicians to die at this age including, Kurt Cobain who killed himself in 1994, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Brian Jones to name a few. This current work of poster art will act as a focal point for members of the public wanting to pay their respect to this talented and much loved singer.
You can still see the fantastic Amy Winehouse exhibition in Camden at the Jewish Museum until 15th September Closed Saturday (see lisitng below)