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MY PAINTINGS OF SYD

Below are the acrylic on canvas artworks that I have painted over the past 15 years. I was simply amazed at the various "looks" Syd went through in such a short space of time, each image as dynamic as the next. I was so consumed by the soul and sound in his music, that painting his image was the least I could do to create my own personal appreciation and tribute to the person who had created such wonderful and enjoyable music for me to listen to.

  

(ABOVE) The "Opel" image. Painted in the Winter of 1993.

(ABOVE) The "Madcap Laughs" image. Painted in the Spring of 1993.

(ABOVE) The cold beginnings of becoming a recluse. Painted Autumn 1994.

(ABOVE) The almost Gothic look that was certainly Syd's most dramatic. Painted Winter 1994.

(ABOVE) The Piper in the arched gates, near dawn. A very serious pose. Painted in Autumn 1995.

(ABOVE) Easily one of the most classic and genteel images of Syd. Painted in the cold Winter of 1995.

(ABOVE) An image from the Wetherby Mansions era which I felt needed to be re-created in colour. Painted in the Winter of 1996.

(ABOVE) Easily the saddest of all the paintings I've done. Perhaps a realisation for me that we were never going to hear any new music from the gentleman living in Cambridge who had a spark for writing such awe-inspiring yet peculiar music. The rain fell steadily and peacefully down the window near my easel as I was adding the final strokes, and the sad sounding "Dominoes" played on in my living room. I thought I needed to convey that sad mood further with some titanium white mixed with water and medium to get some "rain" running in front of Syd's retiring image. Painted in the Winter of 1997. I have sketched up a couple more canvasses of Syd since, but have not actually placed paint on them. Instead I have taken up painting other images of a more surreal and abstract subject matter. I always have it in the back of mind though that I will paint at least one more image of Syd one day.

 




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