Glass shows Amy’s class in art tribute
AN artist who hand carves glass portraits has been chosen to feature in an exhibition celebrating what would have been Amy Winehouse’s 30th birthday.
Simon Knowles, from Farnworth, is a fan of the tragic star and decided to put his talent towards paying a tribute to the Rehab singer following her death in July 2011, aged just 27.
The artist emailed the Amy Winehouse Found-ation, which works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people, asking if it would like to use his portraits towards fund-raising.
The charity, headed by Amy’s dad Mitch, got back in touch asking if they could use his art in a special exhibition, Amy Winehouse: For You I Was a Flame, marking the singer’s 30th birthday.
In June, Mr Knowles, who has specialised in hand engraved glass portraits for 10 years, launched his firm, Not On Your Skin, turning his hobby into a business.
He said: “I’m a fan of Amy’s music and support the foundation and when I did the portraits I thought that it would be good to help them raise money.
“But I certainly didn’t expect to be a part of an exhibition, so I’m really excited.”
Mr Knowles decided to create three glass portraits featuring Amy, using some of her most famous poses as templates as a tribute to the late singer.
He said: “I’ve been doing the glass portraits for about 10 years and just recently I turned my hobby into a business.
“I sent photos of them to the foundation a few months ago just to see if they would help with fundraising, but they got back to me saying they wanted to put them into this exhibition.
“The three portraits are already in London and I will be joining the exhibition for the artists’ day next week.”
The exhibition can be seen at Proud in Camden, where Amy lived until her death, from September 12 to October 6. To view Mr Knowles’s work, visit notonyourskin.com
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