Lemn Sissay portrait (2015)
Part of 'Manchester Icons' series.
Original A3 in size - Inks, pencils, coloured card, magazine collage.
A3 prints available. Signed and numbered edition of 25.
Available as a high quality giclee print on matt-finish smooth rag paper.
When I first came to live in Manchester as a student back in 1992 the city was adorned with Lemn Sissay poems. From the pub wall of Hardy's Well in Rusholme to the side streets of the Northern Quarter and the side wall of a popular student chippy his poems sang out and they put a big smile on my face. I've written poetry since my mid teens and it's not often that a poet comes along and really grabs peoples attention. Since the early to mid 90's Lemn's career has gone stellar - he's done a BBC documentary about his life, been an Artist In Residence at the Southbank Centre, written plays, acted as the official poet for the London 2012 Olympics, been awarded an MBE and in 2015 he was elected as Chancellor of the University of Manchester for a seven-year term. He's a busy man. I'm particularly happy with the collaged hair on this portrait and the eyes that follow you all around the room.