Artist Chris Thornley, (AKA Raid 71) is half of the dynamic duo that runs the website, Art V Cancer. His has worked for clients like LEGO, Little White Lies, ESPN, and Microsoft and his art has been featured in galleries including a sensational solo show in NYC at Bottleneck Gallery.
One thing that we both share is an extreme passion for the legendary 80’s group, The Smiths. The Smiths music has inspired multitudes of groups and even though their time together was short, their impact on music and society and culture is undeniable.
“I am the son
and the heir
of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
of nothing in particular”
Chris has put together an outstanding series of prints that focus in on some of The Smiths most iconic songs with a clever reference toward the song including, How Soon Is Now, Shelia Take A Bow, This Charming Man, What Difference Does It Make, and Ask.
Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear
And don’t go home tonight
Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you
The one that you love and who loves you
on a hillside desolate
will Nature make a man of me yet?
When in this charming car
this charming man”
“The devil will find work for idle hands to do
I stole and I lied, and why? because you asked me to
but now you make me feel so ashamed
because I’ve only got two hands
well, I’m still fond of you”
“Because if it’s not Love
Then it’s the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb, the Bomb
That will bring us together”
Chris has taunted me from across the pond with tales of seeing Johnny Marr play live in a local pub and now he has shared a photo of none other than Johnny Marr at a local art gallery that featured his print!
Chris Brooks, the owner of the Atelier Rose and Gray gallery – stated “I have had a few Manchester United and City players and Coronation Street actors, but they are not Johnny Marr! I put the picture on Twitter and then when Johnny retweeted it just went bananas.”
Stay tuned and be sure to follow Raid 71 on TWITTER because he just told me that he is going to be working on three more Smith’s inspired pieces later this year! Also, if you love the band you REALLY need to pick up a copy of of the book by Tony Fletcher entitled “There is a light that never goes out. The Enduring saga of The Smiths.” It’s a fantastic read and guess who designed the cover….Raid 71 himself.