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The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival Exhibition

Running from 17th September to 31st December 2011 this free exhibition features images by Swansea photographer Charles Everest.

Experience the majesty of the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival, synonymous with performances from music legends Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Jethro Tull, through the lens of stills photographer, BBC newsreel cameraman and film director Charles Everest who immortalised the festival in a series of evocative photographs. Joining Charles Everest’s will be 4 of Guy Portelli’s Pop Icons – The Who, Melanie, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Workshop: A series of free guitar lessons from a local tutor aimed at beginners and more advanced players with content tailored to individuals' ability.

The exhibition is at the Swansea Museum in Victoria Road - 01792 653763 for details

September 2011: Summer of '71

Guy has produced this piece featuring Melanie Safka, veteran of Woodstock and an icon from the 'Summer of Love'.

Melanie, best known for her hit songs 'Brand New Key' and her seminal cover of 'Ruby Tuesday' returns to London in 2011 at a time when Pop/Folk music is enjoying a stratospheric revival. Venerated alongside a pantheon of iconic female singers such as Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Carly Simon and Marianne Faithfull.

Melanie's short tour of the UK covers:

  • 24th June - Glastonbury
  • 25th June - Trinity Arts Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
  • 29th June - Ronnie Scotts (Ronnies Bar), Soho London 7.30pm - 8.30pm - Tickets from Star Green
  • 10th July - Notting Hill Arts Club - Tickets available via Notting Hill Arts Club
  • 15th July - Union Chapel Islington - Tickets from Union Chapel or from Star Green
June 2011: Alter Ego Arts

Guy is joining up with alter ego artists Louise Giblin and Mark Paul Perry in a short exhibition in Tunbridge Wells.

The exhibtion runs from Thursday 23rd September to lunchtime on Saturday 25th September at the Old School House Gallery in Chapel Place (TN1 1UJ).

Guy's recent Michael Jackson piece dominated the room. Ably supported by John Lee Hooker, The Spice Girls and Grace Jones!.

The event was a great success including hosting a business networking event a private view and many people just dropping in as they passed from the top of Tunbridge Wells to the Pantiles.

September 2010: Media Coverage, Pop Icons

Three recent articles on Guy and the Heart Throb collection, download now in PDF format:

Thanks go to the 3 magazines for allowing us to reproduce these articles.

June 2009: Mall Gallery Launch

Two new pieces from the “HEART THROB” Pop Icon collection at The Royal Society of British Artists’ annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London went on show today for the first time. “Night & Day” (Frank Sinatra) and “Mod Rock” (The Who), created by the RBA artist and sculptor Guy Portelli, will be part of one of the largest exhibitions on the Pop Icon theme to date.

TV ‘Dragons’ James Caan, Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis joined Guy Portelli who is creating a collection of 18 iconic sculptures which will make up his forthcoming solo exhibition in June, also at the Mall Galleries.

Guy Portelli took his Pop Icon project to the BBC TV Dragons’ Den in a bid to raise the money and profile of a collection he had been working on for 34 years. The project captured the imagination of the ‘Dragons’ as well as the viewers. Guy Portelli said, “I walked away with the support of three Dragons and more money than I originally asked for, which was really helpful.”

The artist’s project has grown in concept and ambition, and is set to become the biggest exhibition on the theme of the Pop Icon staged in the UK.

Guy Portelli’s June solo exhibition of sculptures will be shown alongside the work of Sir Peter Blake RA , Miles Davies, Jay Blakesberg, Jude Calvert Toulmin, Richard Evans, Deborah Feingold, Karl Ferris, James Gilham, Bill Green, Sebastian Kruger, John Lennon, Dennis Morris, Chris Myers, Terry O'Neill, Terry Pastor, Celia Philo, Aubrey Powell, Jamie Reid, Storm Thorgerson, Nick Tidnam, Albert Watson & Kevin Westenberg.

Photos by James Gilham

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