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Manic Street Preacher Brings His First Ever 'Solo Show' To Tenby - Tenby Observer, 31st August 2018

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Title: Manic Street Preacher Brings His First Ever 'Solo Show' To Tenby
Publication: Tenby Observer
Date: Friday 31st August 2018

Welsh rocker and lyricist Nicky Wire will be showcasing his art work for the first time at an exhibition to be displayed at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery in September.

The exhibition entitled ‘Paintings and Polaroids’ will be the Manic Street Preachers’ bassist first solo show, displaying around 30 pictures, many showing his influences and heroes in a series entitled ‘Pictures on my Wall’ including images of people such as Bowie, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, John Uzzell Edwards, Marilyn Monroe, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and photographer Vivian Maier.

“These artworks are mini tributes to people and places that have given me comfort and inspiration over the years,” said Nicky.

“I grew up obsessed by Polaroid, the beauty and simplicity, and how the accidental moment caught the initial vivid colour and the eventual sad fade.

“I’m so pleased to be having my first exhibition in Tenby, I hąve been lucky enough to have a flat here for the last 12 years and it is a very special place with such a rich artistic history.

“The works themselves are truly mixed media - foil, superglue, gaffa masking and cello tape, nail varnish, glitter, make-up, and of course paint.

“The exhibition is a celebration of inspiration, from Warhol’s repeated images, to the quilt paintings of John Uzzell Edwards, as well as Yayoi Kusama, Richter, Tracey Emin, Bert Stern, Dylan Thomas, Miles Davis t - the list is endless.

“It’s more nerve wracking than any gig I hąve done as a musician - I hope people enjoy it,” he added.

The show will be open to the public from Saturday, September 15 to Sunday October 21 and can be seen daily between 10 am and 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm).

“I believe it is his first ever solo show and came about by me and he chatting in the museum and me asking him if he would be interested in doing a show,” said Mark Lewis, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery’s collections manager.

“I am extremely excited by the show, the Manics are such an influential Welsh band and proud that Nicky has chosen Tenby Museum for his first solo show. Tenby is very close to his heart,” said Mark Lewis of the Museum.

The Manic Street Preachers gave a nod to Pembrokeshire on their 2014 album ‘Rewind The Film’ which featured the track ’Manorbier’.

Nicky also contributed a special audio slideshow to the Guardian newspaper , calling it ‘Wales Coast Path: A postcard from Tenby by the Manics’ where he explained how the resort holds a special place in his heart and how it inspires his lyrics.