Beatle$ takes the 22nd spot in The Money Collection and was triggered by me finding an uncashed cheque from the National Lottery in the U.K as an ode to one of my favourite bands. Although it was only worth 10 Great British Pounds it got me thinking in term some rare people in society who have made a lottery winning salary due to talent, timing and following their passion – The Beatles being an example of exactly that. Who would have thought their music would be even more relevant today than when it was released over 50 years ago?
The environmentally friendly carrier bag made from Jute : a long, soft, vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads as Beatles tracks are being spun all over the world today. The splatterings of gold, orange and blue keeping the lottery winning cheque safe for the time being. The gold on black dollar obscuring all the beatles faces with the exception of John Lennon who is looking away from the other 3, maybe with the song ‘Imagine’ on his mind with the four thought bubble represented by 4 British coins. As the Fab four traipse though the European streetscape in the early 1960’s and took the liberty of adding a brick lane street sign on the right hand side. This is to remind people not to forget their brick lined roots and also that ‘Brick Lane’ was the first street to really commercialise Indian food in London. It’s also the name of the first Indian take away place in Dubai offering a phaal curry – the hottest on the menu and my favourite:
All the lottery win is getting 6 numbers right – can’t be that difficult but what of the Beatles and significant dates? Well the were formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music. Their best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. On the 5th October 1962 (when I was -9 years old to the day) Love me do went on sale for the first time helped launch Britain into the Swinging Sixties and ignite a worldwide obsession for the four-man band from Liverpool:
Timeless? Love me do turned 50 on October 5th 2012 as I turned 41!
BEATLES & BIRTHDAYS
The piece for the Money Collection was done in my Shiekh Zayed Road studio on 5th May 2011 some 42 years earlier to the day, George Harrison’s song something performed here in Madison Square Gardens, New York back in 1971, the year I was born:
We can all find plenty of common ground with The Beatles from songs, dates, memories and them being one of the constants in our life, especially during Sunday dinner around the table growing up.
As I sit here tip-tapping away posting the rationale behind this 24th piece and the belief in my work I thought it appropriate to end with this John Lennon quote on self belief as I strive to make my mark in the art world through $ art:
When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed. Either I’m a genius or I’m mad, which is it? “No,” I said, “I can’t be mad because nobody’s put me away; therefore I’m a genius.” Genius is a form of madness and we’re all that way. But I used to be coy about it, like me guitar playing. But if there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care. – JOHN LENNON
So based on this post my next lottery numbers will be 5, 10, 11, 12, 22, 42. If I did the lottery, of course!