We loved the chance to hook up with Julian Lennon in Amsterdam, to see his new collection of photography Timeless Moments, which captures the quiet moments rock and roll musicians spend away from the limelight, behind the scenes.And it’s not just because his heritage is rooted in British rock and roll royalty, or that we have a soft spot for all things Lennon and Beatlesesque (our yellow submarines in Dallas and Amsterdam are a bit of a tip off). Frankly, Julian is an amazing chap and a true renaissance man in his own right. Talented singer-songwriter, musician, philanthropist – he set up the NGO White Feather Foundation – and terrific photographer. Julian’s intimate photos capture something of the creative solitude of so many amazing musos and the sometime loneliness that comes with that territory.
We were chuffed to be there at the opening party for Julian’s show on March 28. Four hundred guests met the artists and enjoyed their work, accompanied by a delicious set from soulful jazz-inflected chanteuse Sacha Vee. Julian kicked back with Geeert and some mates on our hand tufted Bensington Union Jack sofa, and even signed a Timothy Oulton barball stool for us. Much appreciated, Julian.
Timeless Moments is one of three exhibitions taking place as part of the Nothing on the Walls project, and the brains behind that is Urban Art House. These chaps are our natural ally, chipping away at the status quo and shaking things up a bit, and importantly for us, mixing old and new. It is their worthy mission to make art more accessible to people, getting it out of conventional galleries and into different sorts of spaces. To that end they’ve taken over a beautiful 17th century canal house for three months of revolving exhibitions and we have helped transform it.
The room we have set up there feels like an old school sports club, relaxed and proud with the sort of weathered British flamboyance that will have you softly humming Chariots of Fire under your breath. With the dramatic backdrop of our signature black walls we’ve included trunks, UJ curtains, Kensington armchairs in vintage cigar, and of course, the now iconic Union Jack Bensington lounge.
Seeing the artists’ work in this atmosphere is not some lofty, formal experience. It’s a fun and playful way to connect artists with collectors, local markets and communities, and we love it.
See more pictures of the event on the Amsterdam Facebook page
The Urban Art Project – Herengracht 168, 1016 BP Amsterdam – http://www.fckarthouse.com
Julian Lennon: http://www.julianlennon.com