Tenby Museum will be the site of the first ever solo art exhibition by Welsh music legend Nicky Wire, bassist and lyricist with the Manic Street Preachers. Nicky, a regular visitor to Tenby, accepted the invitation from museum curator Mark Lewis and his exhibition, Paintings and Polaroids, will open to the public on Saturday 15th September.
Nicky said, “These artworks are mini tributes to people and places that have given me comfort and inspiration over the years. I grew up obsessed by Polaroids – the beauty and simplicity, the accidental moment caught, the initial vivid colour and the eventual sad fade. I am so pleased to be having my first exhibition in Tenby. I’ve been lucky enough to have a flat here for the last 12 years and it is a very special place with such a rich artistic history.
The works themselves are truly mixed media – foil, superglue, gaffer tape and sellotape, nail varnish, glitter, make-up and of course paint. The exhibition is a celebration of inspiration – Warhol’s repeated images, the quilt paintings of John Uzzell Edwards, Yayoi Kusama, Gerhard Richter, Tracy Emin, Bert Stern, Dylan Thomas, Miles Davis, the list is endless. I will say that it is more nerve-wracking than any gig I have done as a musician and I hope that people enjoy it.
Curator Mark Lewis, who has made several trips to Nicky’s studio in Newport, Gwent, to discuss the show, said, “This is a real coup for both the museum and the town. I am extremely excited by the show and proud that Nicky has chosen Tenby Museum for his first solo exhibition.”
The exhibition runs from 15 September until 21 October.