Size: 23.4" (58.968cm) x 33.1" (83.412cm) Edition of 100
Limited, Numbered, Signed Edition of 100
Illustration by Ski Williams
Original silk screen print reproduced as a Giclee print on 290gsm Smooth Matte Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper
A1 prints limited to 100.
About the print:
Being a Londoner and into music, it wasn't long before I discovered reggae. In the early 1980s a friend at college turned me onto Burning Spear for the first time by playing me the vocal and dub sides of Foggy Road on the legendary Studio 1 label.
After visiting New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1999, I had the revelation that I'd travelled halfway across the globe to immerse myself in the cradle of Afro American musical culture whilst ignoring the thriving Afro Caribbean scene on my own doorstep.
At this time, with the support of labels, DJs and sound systems such as Trojan, Soul Jazz and Steve Barrow’s Blood and Fire, London was experiencing a lively vintage reggae revival. I dived in and witnessed amazing live performances by Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, Little Roy and Alton Ellis.
The King Tubby idea came to me fully formed, literally in a dream. In some strange incident of déjà vu snooze, I saw it framed on a wall in full colour.
I drew it in pencil first, then inked it with Rotring pens. Then with the aid of my old printmaking tutor from art school I turned it into an A1 sized five-colour silk screen print. It was made with hand cut stencils and good old-fashioned stinky oil based inks in a signed and numbered limited edition run of 100 in 2006.
This second edition for Reel Art Press is a Giclée print made from the original silk screen with one extra colour added and one changed.