Mitch Winehouse speaks at Icons and Legends Exhibition - London
'We do believe in musical therapy and long live Amy Winehouse,' said Mitch Winehouse during a ceremony and fundraiser for the Amy Winehouse Foundation at the The Gallery On The Corner.
The Icons And Legends solo exhibition by Peter Drury in support of the Amy Winehouse Foundation saw Amy's dad Mitch Winehouse and his partner Jane at a special ceremony on Saturday, 7th April.
The artist Peter Drury donated his monochrome portrait of Amy Winehouse called "Saying Goodbye" to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Self-taught artist from Sheffield Peter Drury started experimenting with canvas and acrylic 5 years ago. He has an engineering background, which he finds helpful in his artistic self expression. His first London exhibiiton showcased twelve of his acrylics on canvas, devoted to celebrity figures including Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Debbie Harry and Elizabeth Taylor.
“This is a donation from the artist and also from Alex who I worked with together for the last 5 – 6 months to get this collection together and get it displayed in London," - said Peter Drury as he handed in his Amy Winehouse portrait to Amy's dad Mitch Winehouse.
"I have to say that the starting point for me, bearing in mind that the exhibition is called Icons And Legends, was Amy as an image.
I first of all was attracted to the image of Amy Winehouse as an artist and then I read her biography and started to listen to her music. And even though 70s rock is normally my thing, I enjoyed the music. I found it fresh and different and I started collecting the music. So I tried as far as I could to get to know Amy as a person," - continued Peter Drury.
"We approached the Amy Winehouse foundation very early on and they generously gave us their support straight away. I visited their website and I would encourage you to, please, look at the AmyWinehouseFoundation.org. Have a look at the website, have a look at what they do, at their videos and see what a fantastic work this charity is doing. It principally works with disadvantaged children in all the different spheres and I think that’s absolutely brilliant.”
Mitch Winehouse thanked the artist and the gallery for splended exhibition.
" It’s a wonderful contribution to the Foundation," - said Mitch Winehouse. "As you know, you probably read that Foundation has been set up to help disadvantaged kids who are suffering from all different sorts of things. We are helping children’s hospices, we are helping disabled children, I am a patron of a small charity the Hopes and Dreams, homeless charities…."
"So you we are doing as much as we can for disadvantaged children because that’s what Amy did. Amy loved children. Of course it never occurred to us that she was going to pass away. Her love of children, her love of music, of horses…- we are going to be helpting equestrian charities that work with children. Things like this go a long way to help us raise money."
"In the first year we hope to donate over a million pounds between the UK and the US. And on Wednesday we have the official launch of our Foundation in the US," - said Mitch.
What I might do… In September we are going to have a black tie dinner in New York. I might take it (Amy's portrait) over. It will leave the country."
"Just very, very briefly - in the US we are going to be helping young people with music and especially in New Orleans.
There are so few programmes going on that would further people’s music education.
We are going to develop as many as we can Art school club houses so that we could bring music tuition to young people.
It’s not about musical excellence, it is about furthering young people’s musical education. We do believe in musical therapy and we also believe that if someone is blowing a trump or playing a guitar, is not going to pick up a gun to shoot, especially in America. We are really looking forward to getting involved there. So what can I say … Long Live Amy Winehouse!”
Icons and Legends exhibition at The Gallery On The Corner 4 - 8th April 2012
155 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BU
News and photos by Eugenie Absalom