A few weeks ago this stunning and touching tribute piece appeared on the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) outdoor gallery wall. It is a wonderful collaboration between The Paintsmiths and Ryder.
The tribute is to Raphael Dufresne, a popular musician on the local scene who passed away on 14 April 2017, suffering a fatal aneurism whilst at the gym. He was only 27 years old. This piece fills me with a sadness, but what a magnificent way to celebrate his life.
I never heard his music, and feel sorry that I never had the chance of seeing him, it sounds like he had a good soul and attitude to life. He had links with PRSC, which is why this tribute is all the more poignant. Really terrific letters from Ryder and a superb portrait by The Paintsmiths. Sad.
The Paintsmiths tend to paint commissions, perhaps the most memorable recent example being the Donald Trump Boris Johnson kiss. Grotesque. This time they have created something altogether more palatable.
This tribute to Prince is actually a promotion piece for a concert at Colston Hall to celebrate the music and life of the great artist and is probably sponsored by the British Film Industry Black Star season.
The piece itself is flawless and really uses the space of the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft Outdoor Gallery to its max. The Paintsmiths never disappoint.