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Kinks star Ray Davies opens up Konk recording studio for its debut exhibition

14:00 25 January 2013

Ray Davies with artist Gina Bold at the opening of Konk Studios

Ray Davies with artist Gina Bold at the opening of Konk Studios' first art exhibition.

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A chance encounter between an artist and Kinks legend Ray Davies led to him opening his recording studio for the first-ever art exhibition there.

Imaginary Man And Dave, by Gina BoldImaginary Man And Dave, by Gina Bold

Gina Bold spotted the star out and about in Highgate, and pressed a flyer into his hand for an exhibition she was holding in The Clissold Arms pub in Fortis Green, Muswell Hill – where The Kinks’ played their inaugural gig.

The flyer featured a painting of Ray with his brother and Kinks bandmate Dave. Ray liked it so much he asked to buy it and, later offered his Konk recording studio in Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, as a venue for her next show.

Ms Bold, who worked in fashion until a friend encouraged her to pursue her passion for painting, said: “I was delighted that after he saw my work Ray invited me to show at Konk!”

Ray, who attended Hornsey College of Art, personally selected 20 works by Ms Bold and Sicilian-born artist Giusi Tomasello for The First Konk Art Show.

Detail of You Really Got Me Now by Giusi TomaselloDetail of You Really Got Me Now by Giusi Tomasello

The works will be displayed until the first week of February in surroundings seen by few people outside the music industry, and are of extremely contrasting nature, ranging from Ms Tomasello’s explosively vibrant prints to Gina Bold’s evocative dark portraits.

Karen Eyo, who co-curated the exhibition alongside Ray Davies, said: “Ray loves art and artists, so the idea for the show came organically. We chose these two artists because we really liked their enthusiasm and the fact that their work was so different.”

Inspired by the ‘60s

Artist Giusi TomaselloArtist Giusi Tomasello

Giusi Tomasello, who also came from a fashion background created a collage of the Kinks called You Really Got Me Now, specifically for the Konk exhibition.

Her creations reference punk art, and she often makes collages of famous faces dusted with glitter. She said: “I am inspired by the ’60s, and in my work often do prints of rock and pop icons.”

All the art is for sale and viewing is by appointment only. To book, email almaray@hotmail.com, and for more information see www.ginabold.com/news/konk, and www.giusitomasello.com.

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