Paul Simonon may be best known for being the bassist in seminal band The Clash, but beofre music became his life he attended the prestigious Byam Shaw School of Art in Kensington, which is where he met Mick Jones… and the rest is history.
Having previously exhibited his art at the ICA and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Simonon has launched a new and very limited series of prints that explore his personal ties with the British subcultures and countercultures of the post-war decades.
Made between 2014 and 2017, the autobiographical linocuts and giclee prints are adorned with skeletons and biker paraphernalia, such as helmets and keys. There are also self-portraits and a vista of West London – where The Clash famously plied their trade. It’s still life through the eyes of one of punk’s founding fathers – what’s not to like.
The editions are limited to 20 and are signed and numbered by Paul himself. The release serves as an extension to his last show, Wot No Bike, which took place at the ICA in 2015.
The series is now available on Paul’s website www.paulsimonon.com. The prices start at £300.