Heywood artist's Pink Floyd painting features in new book

Date published: 19 February 2022

A local man from Heywood is continuing to make an impression in the art world, thanks to his recent painting of Pink Floyd.

Stuart Hampton painted a private commission of the psychedelic rock band and shared it on social media, where it was seen by publisher Chris Hewitt, who used the piece in his book: The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems.

Stuart’s love of music is reflected in his artwork, with the 1960s and 70s psychedelic art scene, with the vibrant colours of that era evident in his other portraits, which include fellow legendary musicians John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.

Stuart said: “It was an honour to be included in this new publication about Pink Floyd as they are one of my favourite all-time bands, I have listened to their music for years and the portrait I did of them was a labour of love, so it's nice to see it being used and appreciated.”

Chris’ book is dedicated to the development of sound systems spearheaded by Charlie Watkins whose company, Watkins Electronic Music (WEM), was synonymous with the supply of PA systems to a number of artists and festivals through the 1960s and 70s.

WEM was famously featured in the 1972 concert movie Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii, so it was no surprise that Chris was keen to use Stuart’s artwork in his publication.

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