Think 1970s London, and it’s virtually impossible for your mind not to conjure up images of anti-establishment punk anarchists, taking the music and cultural scene literally by storm. It was an era defined by turbulence, unrest and a great deal of change. During the 70s alone, Britain went through four general elections, had four Prime Ministers, multiple official states of emergency were declared and even our currency was decimalised, moving away from pounds, shillings and pence. Little wonder, therefore, that this combined upheaval gave rise to a riotous subculture, whose ethos took a loud and proud stance against authority, the government and – most relevantly here – the monarchy.
Mark Sloper, the artist we now know as Illuminati Neon, found himself at the heart of this movement. The Kings Road was his stomping ground, these punks his contemporaries and friends, his formative years played out against a soundtrack of the Sex Pistols and their now infamous track ‘God Save The Queen’. His latest collection is a nod to this period, timed appropriately for Her Majesty’s Jubilee celebrations next month, and his work is already garnering significant press attention, having already been featured in the Evening Standard.
For our limited edition release, Mark’s punk interpretation of the Queen has been executed in two different colourways, with hand-embellished with gemstones and set against a gilded Union Jack background. The body of original artwork that is soon to be showcased in Castle Fine Art galleries across the UK features hand-blown glass neon embellishment, a painstaking process that Mark has mastered over the course of many years. This collection is as celebratory as it is true to Mark’s roots, with his teenage self shining through the compositions; his very own brand of ‘God Save The Queen’.
Abby Marchington, Creative Project Manager at Castle Fine Art, snapped some shots of Mark's event, The Art of Chaos, at our St. Christopher's Place gallery in London.
"Anchored in nostalgia, his art speaks of simple pleasures and conjures memories of childhood abandon, family values and close-knit communities. This collection is a visual greatest hits."
Creative Director of Castle Fine Art
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