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Am I Happy Or In Misery (Jimi Hendrix) by Mark Davies
Limited Edition Print Of 10
Medium: Hand Embellished Giclee On Paper
Framed Size: 32" x 32"
A bold and intense collection of work that showcases iconic music album covers remastered by Mark Davies.
I am taking something that exists and is well loved but making it better, adding ambience, detail and emotion. You’re not trying to change things to the point of distorting or losing what people love about the iconic covers but simply amplifying the original works. I’m doing exactly what a producer would do when they revisit a classic and evaluate what works and why and what can be built on and brought up-to-date. Exploring an emotion that may not have been visible on what we recognise today but could very well be there under the surface, away from the spotlight.
Jimi’s presence and confidence shine within the original album artwork so this was a great base to work from, yet with this piece I wanted to hint at a softer, more fragile side where he is slightly more dazed in the eyes - either because of toxins or torment. As shown in Amy’s facial detail you will notice that Jimi’s skin is cracking and starting to break up - again something that is quite powerful even more so because he is no longer with us.
The colours of the original image have always caught my eye so I have gone for it with this piece to allow for an even more dramatic and ‘cool’ piece that will allow for dramatic embellishing. Another element that I have pushed is the ambience from the original scene, building on the smoke and flame detailing - the smoke more so really does help to portray the intensity of that era working in conjunction with the cracked and blistering background detailing that suggests a darker side.