Dudley Edwards & Dave Vaughan
While I was Artist in Residence at Bradford Art College UK from 1963 to 1964, I connected with these guys, when they were on an NDD course there. I let them stay in my London studio and introduced them to an early ‘Swinging London’.
Ian Breakwell @ Derby College of Art
I met Ian when I was teaching at Derby College of Art. My artwork, then being published in the underground magazine ‘Arcade” gave him some inspiration. He later developed a reputation as an art filmmaker with a radical flair.
Guillaume was working as an apprentice printmaker to Leroy Neiman when I first met him. He was in his teens then, and spent much time with me in my Canal Street loft starting in 1978. He connected with Rudolf at the Canal Zone and the two of them began planning to run a gallery there, as part of the multi-media art space that I had been envisioning on three floors of the building. However, the dream died in September of 1979 when a group from London, conducting a Festival for The Mind, Body, and Spirit managed to burn my loft down. Guillaume and Rudolf went on to open the arts/nightclub club ‘Pravda’. This, too, turned out to be a short-lived venture, as the Fire Marshall closed it down on opening night.
I showed my work for the first time in New York at Guillaume’s gallery Braathen Gallozzi on Duane Street in 1981.
In 1979, while still at the Canal Zone (my loft on Canal Street), I promoted several talented graffiti artists. Among them were:
Jean Michel Basquiat
The zenith of Jean-Michel’s career came in the 80’s. He died in 1988.
Fortunately Lee is still with us as easel painter being represented by Barbara Gladstone Gallery New York.
Jean-Michel at the Canal Zone Event and became his girlfriend. The two of them I first met Jennifer when I was creating the interior of the New York nightclub, Trax, in 1977. I took her on as my assistant. She met lived in my loft, and stayed on while I was traveling in Europe in 1979 trying to promote graffiti there, with some of the larger works created at the Canal Zone.
I met Ramellzzee when he was a student at FIT (Fashion Institute Technology) in New York. I spent time with him in 1979 at a space that I called ZU, which was the brainchild of European rock music entrepreneur Georgio Gomelsky. Ramellzzee was promoting what he then referred to as Gothic Futurism.
Though she always exhibited an artistic flair I first began to realize the extent of my daughter Georgia’s talent on our first collaboration. We worked together on an installation for New York night club Danceteria in 1985. Georgia came to New York in 1985, and lived with me in the Hamptons. She has become an accomplished artist in her own right, and for almost three decades we have occasionally collaborated on installations and murals.
Jonathan was one of my students at Middlesbrough College of Art. He started on the storyboard/comic strip course as a mature student, I was struck by his individual style and he liked my interest in underground publishing i.e. Arcade 1964-66 He is now a self-publisher of comic book titles.
Was a student enrolled on my course at Middlesbrough College of Art when we met, Baljit had worked as ceramic decorator specializing in Rococo. A local hair salon in Middlesbrough approached the College looking to have murals painted, and I, sensing that Baljit had the necessary skills, recommended him for the job. He has been successfully painting murals ever since.
A Hispanic high school student in Northern California, where I now live, Cristina approached me to guide her through her senior project, a 20ft mural for an exterior wall at the local high school she was attending in Boonville. She wanted to do it in the spirit Diego Rivera. The subject was of the classroom (the other side of the wall) where she had spent much time learning English. Her twin sister and friends were all included in the mural, along with herself.