The Clash Bassist To Show Paintings at ICA London

Paul Simonon Photo: Andreas Bleckmann


Joining the long tradition of musicians turned visual artists, former bassist for The Clash Paul Simonon will have a show at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art beginning on January 21, 2015.

The autobiographical paintings depict Simonon’s personal effects, including biker jackets, boots, helmets, and gloves alongside more commonplace cigarette packets and books. The series is entitled Wot No Bike after a specific painting of a leather jacket with the words “Wot! No Bike?” emblazoned on the back.

“The paintings are as much self-portraits as they are still lifes,” reads a press release. “Wot No Bike is Simonon’s personal exploration of British subculture and counterculture in the post-war decades.”

Despite Simonon’s rock-n’-roll roots, he’s actually something of an art world veteran. He attended the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, and has previously mounted shows at his gallery, Thomas Williams Fine Art. And art-making may be in his blood—his father is also an artist.

Interestingly, this is not Simonon’s first time at the ICA. According to the Art Newspaper, The Clash rocked the museum with a performance in the 1970s.

Paul Simonon’s “Wot No Bike” will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London from January 21—February 6, 2015. 

For more articles about famous musicians exploring the visual arts, check out Bob Dylan Gets Bridgehampton Gallery Show, Miley Cyrus Makes Erotic Sculptures, and Moby’s Photographs Envision the World’s First Post-Apocalyptic Cult.

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