Syd Barrett portrait (2017)
From my 'Psych Icons' collection.
Original A3 in size - Inks, pencils, coloured and marbled card.
High-quality A3 giclee prints available on FS Platinum Etching paper.
Limited edition run of 50. All prints signed and numbered.
Original portrait also available. Email dunstancarter(at)gmail.com for details.
Aged 16 I became a little bit obsessed with Syd Barrett. I bought the three Pink Floyd albums he had a hand in (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets and Relics), all his solo albums (The Madcap Laughs, Barrett and Opel) and read three biographies all in a few months. I was turned onto him when a friend played me Baby Lemonade, Dominoes and Rats one night in 1992. There was something beautiful, unhinged and alluring about those first few solo tunes I heard and I craved more. Then I read all about his life and it filled me with sadness. I guess at first I was slightly amused and intrigued by the little tales I'd heard about him. Like the time, whilst high on lsd, he painted himself into the corner of his bedroom and was trapped for hours, or the TV appearance where he literally froze everytime the cameras rolled. When I delved deeper the amusement stopped though and it became a lot darker. The fragility of the man certainly powered his music though. He seemed to perfectly weave British eccentricity, whimsy and the surreal with curious, hook-laden melodies, the likes of which have never really been repeated. A3 prints of the portrait are also available in a white 20 x 16" mount and/or framed in a 20 x 16" black frame.