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Beeping Bush Ltd
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This Art 2-Tone
@ The Community Pharmacy Gallery 

06 Nov 2009

image of Mick demonstrating 3 point lighting techniques   image of using natural lighting on location
Download exhibition poster   Design cover for The Specials single Rat Race

Dates: 06 - 08 Nov 2009
Private View: 18.30, Friday 06 Nov 2009

The 2-Tone style and art was created by Jerry Dammers (aka The General) of The Specials but many people played their part in the 2-Tone journey from the beginning to the end of that era - the music and art live on. reflects the part John Sims (aka Teflon) played in the development of the 2-Tone visual identity, as a graphic designer and as art director during his time with Chrysalis Records. This was under the creative influence of Jerry Dammers which led to Johnís designs.

The stark black and white much acclaimed style won John a Design & Art Direction Award in 1981 for The Specials single Rat Race. The quad sized Rat Race poster was displayed in the D&AD exhibition at the Design Council in Haymarket, London.

John was also involved with some of The Specials and The Selecter promotional videos with Director Martin Baker of Rock Biz Pix and won a Record Business Co-Directors Promotional Video Award with Martin Baker for The Specials single "A Message To You Rudy".

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