The Fall on a wall: Mark E Smith mural painted on side of chip shop
Glaring down from the gable end of a chippy, Mark E Smith has been immortalised in his hometown of Prestwich.
The waspish songwriter behind the cult post-punk band the Fall, who died in January aged 60, is being commemorated in his hometown for an arts festival.
The 20ft painting of Smith, pictured in typically abrasive style, is nearing completion on the side of Chips@No.8 on Clifton Road in the centre of the village.
The renowned graffiti artist Akse P19 began painting the mural over the weekend and is due to complete it during the Prestwich arts festival, which runs from 29-30 September.
Other music industry figures portrayed by the same graffiti artist include David Bowie and Tony Wilson in the Northern Quarter area of Manchester.
Jane Thomson, the festival chair, said: “There have been six local members of the community who have funded the materials and donated the cherry picker to make it happen, as well as Akse P19 donating his time for free.
“We’re incredibly honoured to have such a well-respected and talented artist be involved in our festival and enable us to doff our proverbial cap to local legend Mark E Smith in this way.”
The Prestwich-based artist Myro Doodles will also be creating a trail of Fall lyrics at locations across Prestwich, crowdsourced by the Fall fan club.
Myro, who organised the 22 Bees Project last year to support the victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, said: “I’m delighted to be part of this exciting project for Prestwich arts festival and encouraging people to explore Prestwich to find all the locations.” And at Bury Art Museum there will be a series of images inspired by the words of the iconic lyricist.
More than 60 artists and designers from around the world were invited to take part in the exhibition. The brief was simple: create one original A3-sized artwork from a single line of their favourite Mark E Smith lyric.
The work in the exhibition explores a range of visual styles, including photography, typography, sculptural form and fabric design. Featured designers include Ian Anderson (Designers Republic), Vince Frost, Malcolm Garrett RDI, Maxine Gregson, Claire Reyes, Angela Roche and Spin.
Born in Broughton in Salford in March 1957, Smith moved to Prestwich at a young age and lived there for the rest of his life. He formed the Fall, named after the novel by Albert Camus, after seeing the Sex Pistols perform their famous concert at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, in June 1976. Aside from the Sex Pistols, the band cited the German group Can and the Velvet Underground as chief influences.
While Smith would remain the band’s constant central factor for more than 40 years, he was known for his tempestuous relationship with his bandmates, and frequently fired them. There have been 66 members of the Fall over the years, with a third of them lasting less than a year. The band released 32 studio albums.
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September 25, 2018 at 01:39PM