Simon Dunmore x Mark Vessey Hires

New artwork featuring 40 years of record collecting unveiled at Enter Gallery

Acclaimed artist Mark Vessey has released his latest work, which portrays four decades of music inspiration for Defected Records founder, Simon Dunmore. Featuring 88 records, which span Soul, Funk, Disco, Seminal House, Two Tone, R&B, Mod, Jazz and 80s Electronica, this photographic edition was launched at Enter Gallery, on Brighton’s Bond Street,  last month.

Simon Dunmore DJing at launch

Dunmore, an icon and ambassador of UK Dance Music, has helped establish the careers of many of world’s best-known DJs and artists. Starting his label, Defected Records, in 1999 and evolved it from an independent start-up to a formidable and highly influential global force. He was also the creator of Glitterbox, the polysexual and maximum glamour clubbing brand and record label, which produces trailblazing high energy disco events across the world.

Now, his musical influences are distilled into a limited-edition artwork in collaboration with British photographic artist Mark Vessey. Best-known for exploring and celebrating icons of pop culture, he lovingly curates the subjects of his images – which include magazines, books and vinyl records that have had special significance within the popular cultural heritage of the 20th and 21st Centuries. This new print and photograph follows on from his critically acclaimed work with Norman Cook continuing a vinyl music theme.

Dunmore displays some very personal moments across his musical career, all drawn from his own collection.

It features music as diverse as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Love Unlimited In Heat, to Digital Underground Doowutchyalike and Bobby Wilson I’ll Be Your Rainbow.

Vessey has previously created photographic works showcasing collections of dance music subgenres including House Music, Funk and Soul, as well as collections inspired by Bowie and Kate Moss. He has also documented past covers of physical print magazines that we adore including Dazed & Confused, Mixmag, I-D and NME, covering music culture in an impactful and unique way, evoking the nostalgic emotions we have for different mediums. He has established himself on the artistic stage as an incisive celebrant and masterful documenter of popular culture.

This print is from a limited edition of 12 and comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity. For more details, head to: www. entergallery.com/collections/mark-vessey

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