5 ft Canvas 'Behind the Sofa' Tom Watkins
Enormous, purple beast of a canvas by the Pet Shop Boys manager Tom Watkins. extravagant textures across the entire painting, scratched int the paint to create forms, in particular the central red x. two 'windows' in red, white and dark grey. Hand applied typography.
Thomas Frederick Watkins ( 21 September 1949 - ) Greenwich, London, Watkins attended Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design and went on to study art and design at London College of Furniture, London Metropolitan University
After graduating from the London College of Furniture, Watkins worked as a designer for Terence Conran and Rodney Fitch. In the early 1980s Watkins and business partner, Royston Edwards set up the graphics/interior design company, XL Design with studios in Welbeck Street, London
Commissioned by Jill Sinclair and Trevor Horn, Watkins designed the interior of Sarm Studios in Notting Hill where ZTT Records was born
The XL Design agency was responsible for creating some of the most iconic logos, music advertising graphics and record sleeve art of this period including those of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), Art of Noise, Wham! and Pet Shop Boys.
In the 1980s Watkins entered music management He managed the Pet Shop Boys from 1984 to 1989, Bros from 1987 to 1991, and East 17 from 1992 to 1997.
Watkins also worked with Grace Jones, Billie Piper, Art of Noise, Faith Hope & Charity, 2wo Third3, Martine McCutcheon and North and South. Watkins was also a songwriter and music producer. He worked in collaboration with Nicky Graham under the deliberately confusing alias, The Brothers.
In 2000, Channel 4 produced Mr Rock & Roll, a four-part documentary series looking at the lives and the careers of the most powerful, most outrageous and most astute managers in the history of Rock and Roll. The series featured the stories of Tom Watkins, Colonel Tom Parker, Don Arden and Peter Grant.
Tom lives in East Sussex
CM: 152 x 152
Inches: 60 x 60
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Provenance: British School
Date; Late 20th Century
Condition; Very Good