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Faris Badwan: Drawing a Straight Number Nine

July 15, 2010 by  

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Faris Badwan: Drawing a Straight Number Nine

Faris Badwan, frontman of The Horrors, will present a new exhibition of his drawings, artwork and projections at The Book Club on East London’s Leonard Street from the 11th of August till the 29th of August 2010.
A former student of St Martins College of Art, his unique artwork has adorned the sleeves of The Horrors records, T – Shirts and fanzines, he has also created sleeves for records by Hatcham Social and The Charlatans.

The new show will feature one hundred original new pieces for the very first time and follows his show in Bristol last year and the first exhibition at The Bodhi Gallery on London’s Brick Lane in 2007.

Cited by the NME as the most exciting British band since the Sex Pistols, The Horrors released their debut single ‘Sheena Is A Parasite’ in April 2006 which was accompanied by the infamous Chris Cunningham video starring Samantha Morton. The debut album ‘Strange House’ followed in March 2007 and the band played tours and every major festival all over the world over the next eighteen months.

The follow up to their debut, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominated ‘Primary Colours’, was recorded with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and was released on XL Recordings in May 2009. The album was critically acclaimed across the board, culminating with the award of the NME’s ‘Album of The Year’ in December. The Horrors, who have spent most of the last twelve months touring around the world, are currently in the studio writing and recording new material for the third album.

Private view at The Book Club on Wednesday the 11th of August from 6:30pm till 2am. The night will also feature a great line up of special guest DJ’s.

Faris: “What I wanted to get across with this exhibition was how much of a part of my life drawing always has been. It invades all of my daily routine, be it in the shredded form of masking tape stuck to my walls, line-drawings on restaurant napkins or supermarket receipts, to the sketchbooks I carry with me. It really is the one constant solid thing in my life – a stream which runs regardless of what I happen to be doing or where.”

Currently hosting the Stuart Semple Nancyboy exhibition and the wonderful Ishihara, The Book Club is fast gaining a reputation for putting on some of the finest and most creative exhibitions and events in London. Forthcoming exhibitions include PYMCA Streetstyle exhibition / book launch, and many more.

Faris Badwan – The Horrors, Drawing a Straight Number Nine – 11th – 29th August
Art at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH.

PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 11th August 6:30pm – 2am Free Entry



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