Libertine frontman Pete Doherty’s artwork auctioned
A collection of items from Libertine’s frontman Pete Doherty are to go under the hammer this Friday 11 May at the Cob Gallery. Much of the work is executed using the artists blood as a medium. One of the pieces of particular interest is a self portrait created by the late diva Amy Winehouse. It was painted using her own blood. The piece is included among work also created by Doherty himself as well as his son.
“Blood plays the starring role in my work. Sweat and tears are often waiting in the wings,” Doherty stated of the auction.
Since the untimely death of Ms. Winehouse sales of her album far outreached those which could have been predicted during her career, yet she never fully found her feet in the contemporary art world. As for Mr. Doherty, he is no new kid on the block in terms of selling seemingly graphic and grisly images. In February, Doherty sold a number of paintings incorporating his own blood letting technique, some for a handsome sum of 7000 pounds. Another piece included in the collection features a collaborative piece with French rock heiress Charlotte Gainsbourg created during the filming of ‘The Confessions of a Child of the Century’.
The ‘Back to Black’ star was an English singer-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz. She has received publicity over her substance abuse and mental health issues. Amy had recently been working on her third album but the release date was delayed by Island Records when she went into rehab. It was released at Christmas. At 27 she 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.
The auction follows a 10-day exhibition of Doherty’s work, On Blood: A Portrait of the Artist, which took place at the gallery in February and during which more than 15 of the 20 blood paintings and prints exhibited were sold. Cob Gallery will be featuring the work of Hayden Kays’ wonderfully twisted world of type and pop fever from 20 of May until 9 of June. The gallery recently presented work by Doherty in February and is certain to spur more interest in the rockers blood lines this coming Friday.