Tony Wilson portrait (2016)
Part of 'Manchester Icons' series.
A3 in size - Inks, pencils, chalk, coloured card and red rose wrapping paper.
Signed and numbered edition of 50.
Available as a high quality giclee print on matt-finish smooth rag paper.
A lot of people I've shown my illustrations to over the past couple of years think this Tony Wilson portrait is one of my best. A lot of it's down to the source photo I used (and spent ages searching for) which I think really captures that slightly cocky, self assured and amiably pompous look that many associate with the great man. His name is still bandied around the city ten years after his death and he's really missed. He's a man that made things happen. He made loads of mistakes and cock ups but he loved Manchester with all his heart and over the past few years I've heard plenty of people say, "this city needs a new Tony Wilson" (whatever that means). As a child I remember Wilson from TV shows like Granada Reports, The Other Side of Midnight and After Dark. It wasn't until I came to Manchester as a student it 1994 that I found about about Factory Records and the Hacienda. It always felt a tiny bit odd that I'd missed the real peak of Manchester music and the Hacienda as a student. Manchester was still a really buzzing and exciting city when I came in '94 but if I'd started university just 2 or 3 years earlier I'd have been there at the peak. I've heard all the stories a hundred times since and many of them are essentially down to the wild entrepreneurial spirit of this man.