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Top row, from left: Florence Welch, Mike Fielding, Fred Butler
Second row, We Have Band, from left: Darren, Dede, Thomas
Third row: Before Encore 4 poster
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About John Lee Bird
During his four year before encore project John Lee Bird has amassed a total archive of 144 portraits, incorporating three exhibition/events, aiming to produce a book of the paintings alongside contributions from each artist depicted and samples of recollections from communities that participated.
Previous subjects in the series include; Paloma Faith, Frankmusik, Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Patrick Wolf, le Gateau Chocolat, Jodie Harsh, Ryan Styles, Boogaloo Stu, Johnny Woo, Bishi, Empress Stah, Scottee, Buster Bennett and Princess Knickers.
John Lee Bird lives in London. He once lived in Ipswich (in Suffolk) where he went to school, played with his cousins and liked to buy rabbits to afford him some time with his father whilst making the hutches.
He studied art at Ipswich College, dropped out to work in a record shop and ended up as the Manager and stayed there 5 years before throwing his arms up in the air and returning to study art properly. He then had a little accident and forgot to eat anything, and was forced to work in a record shop again (after he’d gotten a little fatter) whilst he saved money to go to university the next year.
He studied fine art at London Guildhall University whilst working at theatres and nightclubs and finally graduated in 2000.
Since then he has worked as a duty manager in theatres and as a primary school teacher and now he works as a full time artist; freelancing for different companies and most importantly to him, working on his own art.
John lee bird was 35 on the 3rd January 2010.
John Lee Bird has exhibited work in his hometown of Ipswich, in Cambridge, Bristol, Southampton, Plymouth, and at Kielder in Northumberland. He has also had various solo exhibitions in London including: his degree show in 2000 at Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan), in Gloucester Road 2002, at the Truman Brewery (Brick Lane) 2004, at the Start Centre in Woolwich 2004, at the Phoenix 369 Gallery (Edinburgh) 2005, at The 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill (before encore – 2006, before encore 2 – 2007, before encore 3 – 2008), at the UBOX Gallery in Vauxhall Dec 2007 and Feb 2008, at Simon Carter in Covent Garden in April 2008, at the Stratford Old Town Hall June 2008 and shows regularly at his studio in East Ham.