Scarlett with Martin Green and James Lawler © Melanie Smith

Flyer for Scarlett Woman
‘Scarlett Woman’  – Art Exhibition
The Gallery, Liverpool
Preview night 26th July 2019

Martin Mathews and Melanie Smith had an invite to the preview of the excellent exhibition ‘Scarlett Woman’ curated by James Lawler and Martin Green who are Duovision. The subject was Scarlett Cannon – 80’s model, muse, teenage club host, the unique face of the New Romantics era who became influential on popular culture and London’s 1980s club scene. Scarlett lived life on her own terms, in her own unique glorious style and became one of the movers and shakers of this period.

I-D Mag Scarlett CannonThis stunning exhibition features works by Donald Urqhart, Slim Barrett, Robyn Beeche, Monica Curtin, Thomas Degen, George O’Dowd, David Hiscock, Nick Knight, Andrew Logan, Mark Wardel, fashion guru Iain R Webb, Derek Jarman, Julian Kalinoswki, Sadie Lee, Mark Wigan, Martin Welch and many more….

Scarlett Woman features paintings, film, photography, illustrations, 3D portrait, sculpture and lots more, there is also brand new art specially commissioned for this exhibition. We had our favourites, but go and see for yourself. It is such a feast of alternative style and creativity at its finest, from some of the best in the artworld.

Blitz Kid Scarlett was in attendance at the exhibition with her dog Lady Maude. Scarlett was dressed head to foot in a specially designed outfit by Donald Urqhart taken from his illustrations, which can be seen fillng an entire wall. Scarlett was one of the most recognizable faces of the 80’s and appeared on many magazine covers, such as the much missed i-D magazine and some of these are featured in the exhibition, alongside snapshots of the period.

Scarett exhibiton liverpool © Melanie Smith
Two pieces on display are by the legendary Boy George who was in attendance and happily posed alongside his artwork. Other notable guests at the event were Fashion Designer Pam Hogg, Liverpool artist Ben Youdan, artist Mark Wardel, photographer Derek Ridgers, and Donald Urqhart. Many  were happy to share their own personal memories and spoke of the influence that Scarlett had on them.

Boy George © Melanie Smith

Pam Hogg © Melanie Smith

Sadie Lee painting of Scarlett © Melanie Smith

Scarlett Woman Exhibition 1© Melanie Smith

Mark Wardel portrait of Scarlett © Melanie Smith

Susie and Kitty Ford © Melanie Smith
Scarlett Woman is a visual treat for anyone who has an interest in the 80s and pop culture and should not be missed!

The exhibition is now open and running until the 15th September 2019 at The Gallery on Stanhope Street in Liverpool and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12-4pm.

Julian Kalinowski and Scarlett © Melanie Smith

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Words by Martin Mathews, you can find more at his Author profile and you can follow his tweets here

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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