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Sanctuary open edition giclèe art print

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This image was inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel's suspension bridge in Clifton, Bristol.  Many years ago Matthews had a studio overlooking the bridge and often walked his late dog Patch under and over it!  At the time he sketched his fantasy version of the bridge and stashed it in his ideas file for use at a later date.  It was finally retrieved in 1980 when Matthews was commissioned by Jet Records (owned by Sharon Osbourne's father) to design his first Magnum album.  He was given the album's title - 'The Spirit' - by Tony Clarkin.  On that basis he produced pencil sketches for a vinyl album front cover and an inside spread, both featuring the same eternal city (or palace).  The palace sits in a red desert on the front cover, representing the eternal irrepressible spirit.  The inside spread - 'Sanctuary' - shows the same palace, still in place, despite the passing of aeons of time and massive erosion having taken place.  Unfortunately, Jet Records went cheap, so the inside spread was not used!  Ultimately, Tony Clarkin changed the name of the album from 'The Spirit' to 'Chase the Dragon', hence the front cover artwork is also titled 'Chase the Dragon'.

  • Full Title: 'Sanctuary' 
  • Edition: open edition giclée print, hand-signed by Rodney Matthews
  • Size (height x width): 399 x 504 mm (15.7 x 19.8 inches)
  • Materials: pigmented inks & art paper
  • Printed by: Pricelis Art Ltd, UK

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Amanda
Truly amazing

I have been in love with this picture since I can remember, I studied everything in it throughout my childhood.
I even had a photo I had taken of it in the I.D part of my purse until it was ruined.
The original poster we had did not survive after 18 years and I didn’t have any information on it until last year when I finally found it searching every possible way to describe it on google...
It did take a long time but I finally found it and quickly realised I couldn’t afford
to get another sent to Australia but at least I knew who created it and the name of the piece.
I was so ecstatic I messaged my mum at some crazy hour and her reply was “um..... ok....”
This was at the start of this year if not last year.
So for my 30th a couple days ago they surprised me with this all nicely framed and signed, it is perfection and I literally cried.

It is even better then I remember the details are absolutely amazing and I’m still honestly in shock that I have this hanging in my house where my kids can now explore everything hidden in it.

Thank you so much for creating this it is truly amazing and means so much to me.

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Amanda
Truly amazing

I have been in love with this picture since I can remember, I studied everything in it throughout my childhood.
I even had a photo I had taken of it in the I.D part of my purse until it was ruined.
The original poster we had did not survive after 18 years and I didn't have any information on it until last year when I finally found it searching every possible way to describe it on google...
It did take a long time but I finally found it and quickly realised I couldn't afford
to get another sent to Australia but at least I knew who created it and the name of the piece.
I was so ecstatic I messaged my mum at some crazy hour and her reply was “um..... ok....”
This was at the start of this year if not last year.
So for my 30th a couple days ago they surprised me with this all nicely framed and signed, it is perfection and I literally cried.

It is even better then I remember the details are absolutely amazing and I'm still honestly in shock that I have this hanging in my house where my kids can now explore everything hidden in it.

Thank you so much for creating this it is truly amazing and means so much to me.

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Graham S
CHASING DRAGONS

Bought the 'Chase The Dragon' album back in the day..... little did we know that this wonderful image was left off the original artwork.

As always, top notch quality & service from Rodney & Sarah - thanks.