Jimi Hendrix is revered the world over as a rock legend, a groundbreaking performer, an inspired lyricist and an all round wild child, but this 20th century icon had yet another string to his creative bow that is a lot less well known. Jimi’s art is part of the same story as his music in the journey it has taken towards recognition. In the early days his music was not well received in the USA and he came to London which was where he began to make his mark. The UK was more receptive to the Hendrix phenomenon and he felt a strong bond with England, calling London his home. It has to be remembered that 1950s America was a difficult place for a young man whose mixed heritage was black, white and Native American. London loved him. In a similar way his art was initially unnoticed in the States, while in the UK there was interest and excitement when the paintings came to light.
As Jimi’s day-to-day existence became increasingly dishevelled and torn apart, he tunnelled in and his later artworks have a greater intensity than previously. His extraordinary body of music combined with his all too brief life have given him legendary status, surrounding him with a mystique that still fascinates us 40 years after his death. This fascination permeates his artwork, which has an aura of dreamlike intensity and a promise that was never quite allowed to be fulfilled.