It is now 2022. I have had a sparkly 6 month work spurt. Last year was another Covid-19 year which sucked but it is never seemingly going away. It was another grizzly year around the world so I wanted something I could lose myself in. Luckily my loved ones and I have been unscathed healthwise. Whew, We are very grateful. I have recently created my first pieces of art for a year. I created 3 canvases based on Marc Bolan - The Slider as photographed by the brilliant producer Tony Visconti. I have also been hand adorning limited edition giclee prints and handcreating each of my rhinestone Crown T shirts. I have glued probably 40,000 stones in the past 6 months. Punk Art Show UK formally known as the Punk Rock & Roll Art Show was hosted in March by Museum of Youth Culture in the heart of the west end WC2H 8HL. This annual art show celebrated the artistic work by various Punk musicians from the original '77 scene and beyond. Opening night and talks were 11th -20th March 2022. I had both Marc Bolan rhinestone canvases in the front window on Shaftesbury Ave. It was a really great show.
October 2021: I had a piece in a show Love is not an Ideology @ ZebraOneGallery.com (until December 5th). It's a special one off hand jewelled Pink Crown, hand embelished with over 100 rhinestones. It's for a Polish pro LGBT cause and I am in very good company here i.e. alongside Mason Storm, Mark Sloper, Dom Pattinson, Pure Evil, Rich Simmons, David Hockney, Andy Warhol and others. This sold at the PV so I have also given them 10 giclee's that are not jewelled.
2021: For a couple of years now I have been focusing primarily on the release of my music catalogue (all 5 of my solo albums, 2 Sheer Greed band releases and an album I did with my brother in the nineties) the two Girl box sets release, a picture and photo book, new Girl and GL art merchandise and doing the gigantic 6 hour suitsandtheplatformboots.com career interview which is now a FREE fully illustrated 'book' on my Stores page. It has been really great playing with glue and paint again over the summer. I have found a vein again and I have a few more rhinestone canvases finished. One being Lou Reed from the 1972 Transformer album cover photo.
2019: I put on the three Gerry Laffy Art Collective shows, a collective of 14 artists I established in 2018. We had a 4 week show in Dover at Easter at the Dover sMART gallery and the two month long shows in London at the glorious 17th century Lauderdale House in the summer and then again in the winter. In the collective some of us are professional, some semi pro, some students and some have a learning difficulty. The collective will not identify which is which. We are 14 diverse artists including myself, the others being Tessa Gaynn, Ronan O’Regan, Suzy Smith, Woz, Jonathan Dickson, Caroline Reed, Danielle Vaughan, Scarlet Isherwood, Steve Green, Phil Parkinson and two photographers Conor Carroll and Tosh Marshall and with very special guest Mason Storm, a true art genius who has willingly supported my endeavours.
2018: Autumn saw my return to the Underdog Gallery in SE1 in September with the Punk, Rock N Roll Art Show, this was my 4th show with them, as usual it was as crazy, wild and successful as ever with more than 400 people at our opening night show.
2018 - 2019: In May of 2018 and then July 2019 I was a guest participant in two hugely successful shows in St Pancras Church Crypt with Mason Storm & Simon Skint's Asylum Artist Management & Gallery with some awesome new artists and I am honoured to be one of their associate artists.
Music: 2019 I sold my record label to Cherry Red Records and 2 Girl CD box sets (and downloads) were released in 2020 and so finally my entire catalogue Girl, solo work, Gerry & Simon Laffy and our Sheer Greed albums will finally be released on disc, streamed or available for download. Cherry Red Records have released 18 albums (of my 30 releases) in all. In 2021 I did another Japanese licence deal for a Girl live recording in Japan 1980 too. I had a signed deal for the Rocks album too but Carggo Records backed out after seeing the scale of the Cherry Red box sets and stream releases they planned. I only made 100 of these Rocks CD's as they are a few tracks of each of these solo records it a bit of a mute point, you can just Spotify, Apple, youtube etc it all finally. It was a sample album.
So the past few years were a busy balancing act of art, music and merchandise sales aswell as dealing with the dreaded Covid-19 epidemic, not to mention my SEN work. 13th year in this job. A huge thank you to Tosh Marshall for his fantastic photos, to Pons Aeilius for his cool animation and to Mason for being a porridge eating hero of mine. The Gerry Laffy Art Collective is on Facebook, so is Sheer Greed (a Girl & GL music page) and Gerry Laffy Art page so please come and join us on any of those. I have an Etsy shop & a Saatchi profile so check in with me there too if you fancy it? Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and well. Gx