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Rockstar Billy Morrison to Debut New Art Collection, Mixed Messages
Los Angeles, CA – May 20th, 2016 – Rockstar Billy Morrison will be presenting his new art collection, Mixed Messages, at the Desmond in Los Angeles from Friday, June 10th till Sunday, June 12th.
Mixed Messages will be open for a public preview on June 10th, from 7pm – 10pm. On Saturday, June 11th, Morrison will have a ‘Meet the Artist’ portion from 1pm – 4pm. On Sunday, June 12th the collection will be available to view during the gallery’s regular hours of 11am – 5pm.
Saturday evening, from 7pm – 10pm, there will be a VIP Reception (by invitation only). Presented by Sur le Mur and sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, the event will be a star-studded red carpet affair with music DJ’d by Dayle Gloria and limited edition prints available for sale. Additionally, Billy will be auctioning off his original painted portrait of “Roxanne.” The piece was made for the remake of the song featured on his CD that will be released early Fall. 100% of the sales from the CD’s and “Roxanne” will go to Rock Against Trafficking (ROCKat). Billy’s devotion to philanthropy against human trafficking in LA and globally is insurmountable, so it is important to him to have ROCKat be a part of his show.
Morrison has already had two very successful shows in Los Angeles – one at The Village Studios in 2014 and one at Mouche Gallery, Beverly Hills in 2015, which was sponsored by Aston Martin Beverly Hills. Between the two shows, the list of celebrity attendees included Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Duff McKagan, Mark McGrath, Shepard Fairey, Eric Roberts, Gary Numan, Tara Reid, and many more. The shows were reported in the NY Post, The Daily Mail, Vanity Fair, LA Weekly, and many national and international websites.
To see footage from his previous event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx4H8jDizsQ
About Billy Morrison:
From playing guitar in Los Angeles all-star bands, Camp Freddy and Royal Machines, through joining rock band The Cult on their 2001 reunion, to writing and recording with his own bands, releasing his own solo material, and now currently playing guitar for Billy Idol, Billy Morrison makes music at all levels. Will his all-star shows, he has shared stages with some of the world’s greatest musicians from Ozzy Osbourne, Steven Tyler, Slash, and Robbie Williams to Lou Reed, Ronnie Wood, Jerry Cantrell, and many more.
Morrison has been a long time collector of contemporary art, owning pieces by Andy Warhol, Jamie Reid, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Risk, and many more. He considers himself fortunate to be able to express himself creatively on canvas, as well as through his music. His provocative and thought-inspiring statements embrace concepts of duality and mixed metaphors, and his use of color and mixed media has been embraced by serious art collections. Morrison has a piece from his Butterfly series hanging in the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Billy says, “The creative experience is insane for me. It feels like learning the chords to ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ by the Sex Pistols for the first time. When I put brush to canvas it’s like unleashing demons and angels at the same time. It’s the same as music. I can’t help but play a guitar and have a certain amount of Mick Ronson or Steve Jones or Billy Duffy in my fingers, because they were integral to me when I was learning to play. So when I pick up a paintbrush, what comes out is very solid, powerful imagery rooted in my many influences. I love the use of striking single iconic images.”
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