'I always thought I would get into painting, but I got waylaid by rock 'n' roll. Finally, I thought, "Now's the time." As soon as I could be alone and paint without any interruptions, I just couldn't stop.' - Chrissie Hynde
In 2015, Chrissie Hynde, the singer, songwriter and leader of The Pretenders, produced an oil painting of a ceramic vase. It proved to be the starting point for Chrissie Hynde’s first body of work, nearly 200 canvases in all. These paintings are now shared for the very first time in Chrissie Hynde's signed limited edition, Adding The Blue.
'These paintings wake me up, show me life, make me want to get up and do something.' - Brian Eno
In Adding The Blue, Chrissie Hynde's first collection of paintings is presented chronologically, beginning with still life studies and culminating in vibrant abstract compositions. Working exclusively in oil on canvas, her art encompasses a wide variety of subjects, including figures, portraits of friends and family, self-portraits and landscapes. Adding The Blue is a vibrant book of oil paintings that are, in Brian Eno's words, 'full of life, love and discovery'.
'It's pretty much like writing songs. I might know what I want to write about, but generally I just dive in and see what's down there.' - Chrissie Hynde
Adding The Blue features an original text by Chrissie Hynde, and includes forewords by visionary musician and artist, Brian Eno, and the Royal Academy's Artistic Director, Tim Marlow.
Narrated throughout with Chrissie Hynde's thoughts, anecdotes and reflections, over more than 200 pages Adding The Blue offers a brand new perspective on her life and art.
'The fact that she's a great musician doesn't undermine her painting; it underpins it... I love the fact that in her studio, below the pots filled with brushes and under the table filled with tubes of paint, is a basket full of plectrums. Tools of her trades, old and new.' - Tim Marlow, Royal Academy of Arts
'Coming off tour can be a tricky affair. It feels like jumping off a trampoline. Painting is the one thing I've found to adjust back to civilian life. Genesis has been there collecting it all into book form.' - Chrissie Hynde
Presented in a linen-bound solander case, Chrissie Hynde's 212-page, quarter-bound volume is printed on heavyweight uncoated paper, with hand-torn page edges. Each book is individually numbered and signed by the author Chrissie Hynde.
A loose-leaf print of Chrissie's self-portrait, 'Sunday painter', is also included (suitable for framing: 8" x 11"). Numbered and hand-signed in pencil, this print is exclusive to the Adding The Blue limited edition.
Chrissie Hynde’s first body of work, nearly 200 paintings in all, are shared for the very first time in her signed limited edition book and print set, Adding The Blue.
Since 1974 Genesis has created signed limited edition books on behalf of authors and artists ranging from the Beatles to Buckingham Palace.
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