Commissioned in 2016 for a collectors anthology of live 1960s broadcasts by The Rolling Stones. This is the first image in Matthews epic Stones trilogy; preceding 'Another Time, Another Place II' and 'Painted Black'.
In Matthews' own words:
"Firstly, I ought to point out that I chose the Stones for the role as mercenaries, because I've always considered them to be the mean and moody bad boys of rock 'n' roll; slightly aggressive and sullen, unlike the fresh-faced Beatles - no offence intended for either band!
Part one of the trilogy sees the group returning from the sacking of the city that burns behind them - Keith Richards was always a bit lax when it came to disposing of his dogends!
The one-eyed (yet "two-pupilled") elephant, complete with "brontesaurian" tail, is one they requisitioned from a herd of beasts, known for their irritability and pugnacious attitude. This one is further exasperated by Charlie Watts' incessant drum beats.
In the background, perched high above a rock stack, is the decaying, skeletal ship that the rapacious crew have recently embarked from."
In 2008, when Templar published their collector's classic edition of Alice in Wonderland, Matthews achieved his lifelong ambition to illustrate the most well known children's...View full product details
In 2008, when Templar published their collector's classic edition of Alice in Wonderland, Matthews achieved his lifelong ambition to illustrate the most well known children's story...View full product details
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