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Artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Ian Dury's Reasons to be Cheerful
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Ian Dury photographer Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)

Catalogue No: DURY001ST Artist(s): Ian Dury Location: Clerkenwell, London Date: 2001 Era: The 2000's Edition: Storm Thorgerson 20/20 Edition Print type: Giclée Print Paper type: Archival 310gsm cotton based rag paper

Storm Thorgerson recalled 'The late Ian Dury, was a raconteur, humourist, diamond geezer, early rap artist and musical wizard. He was a storyteller who made a virtue of local memories about growing up in Upminster in Essex, whilst avoiding sentimentality and parochialism. He is forever etched in our collective conscious for Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll and also because he refused to let his disabilities deter him. Before his untimely death he had a late renaissance, beginning with the release of a compilation called Reasons To Be Cheerful (followed by Mr Lovepants and New Boots and Panties revisited). I remember him best for his irascible humour, colourful stories and irrepressible penchant for word play, including ghastly puns, spoonerisms, bon mots and the like. Reasons To Be Cheerful clearly invites Dury like visual jokes, i.e. the image itself would be like a reason to make one cheerful. Our collection included a gift horse - a horse with a large ribbon tied around its belly, a princely toad, a deer with an eye on it - as in Idea and a seahorse being ridden by a human jockey going nowhere fast, the jockey exuding bubbles and using a whip to spur his steed onwards. Silly I know, but it makes me smile.'

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    A giclée print is the most popular way of producing great quality collectable prints in the digital age. It is produced is by scanning an original negative. The image is then outputed onto the chosen paper using specialist inks to make a beautiful archival print. 

    Paper type

    This giclée print will be produced on archival 310gsm cotton based rag paper. Photo Rag paper is the most popular choices amongst professional printers as it produces high quality fine art prints with excellent clarity and depth.  

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    Our prints are available in a variety of sizes. Please see below for specific measurements for the 'A series' of paper sizes.

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