“Flowers are a symbol of civilisation and represent man’s imagination. Previously man had only grown things to eat. It was a great moment when people would grow things for their beauty and not their function.” Bailey.
Hamiltons unveils David Bailey’s latest body of work, Now, which has never been exhibited before. Whilst he is best known for his celebrity portraits, in this exhibition Bailey presents us with thirteen large and small format colour still life arrangements of flowers and skulls.
“It sounds a bit poncey, but flowers are about life and beauty. Skulls are about death. Skulls are the ultimate sculptures – nature’s sculptures. I’ve been doing these sorts of shots for thirty years. I do everything from painting to sculpture and always have done. I shoot these still lives the same way I shoot people.” Bailey.
Then, the second exhibition in the series runs from 8 July – 13 August and features a selection of enlarged contact sheets, again never exhibited before; of The Rolling Stones, Mia Farrow, Catherine Deneuve and other sixties icons.