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Nick Rhodes

420 x 297 | GF Smith Colourplan pristine white paper 175gsme.g. Satin Paper
Unique, limited edition, print. The print is numbered and branded with a unique MASI stamp.

Nick says, "I produced this illustration about 12hrs after I had heard Tony Wilson had passed away. It was 10.30pm at night when I first heard that he had indeed died, and it was a moment I haven't really forgotten. It was at that moment that I realized that Manchester had lost an inspiration and a great spokesman from its creative population. I also started to think how much the man had influenced my artistic life and my musical life within the city. The two both go hand in hand for me, they always will.

I was first drawn to the Factory label via the album covers initially. I used to visit Vinyl Exchange in the city centre every Saturday to pick up a record or two, mostly based upon their covers an word of mouth. It was initially seeing the Joy Division covers then the music that my interest in Factory came about. One record led to another, and so on. Books were bought, interviews read. I began to relate to the ideals of Factory, and ultimately of Tony Wilson's.

This to me was to get off your backside and create a vision, whether it be musical or visual. One thing that I think Tony Wilson did emulate, and why I believe he earned the right to be named Mr Manchester, was to emulate the cities work ethic, to always question, to invent, to make a greater good.

I try to achieve this ethic in all of my own illustrative work, so to conclude, I wanted to repay a Mancunian visionary in the best way that I could, to do him justice as much as he has for Manchester's past and future. A true iconic figure of Manchester.