Unmade Up: Recollections of a Friendship with David Bowie

Unmade Up by Edward Bell

‘Unmade Up’ features much previously unseen artwork and photography of the enigmatic singer David Bowie, by his go-to artist of his heyday, Edward Bell. His commissions included the sleeve for Bowie’s 1980 album ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ which featured the number one single ‘Ashes to Ashes’. Bowie later bought all of Bell’s artwork for his private collection.

Edward Bell is a photographer, designer and artist living in Wales. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, then he went on to work as a freelance photographer and illustrator for Vogue, Tatler and Elle magazines. As well as his commissions for album covers for David Bowie he was also commissioned by other outstanding musicians and groups of the time. His art covers many genres from life paintings to pop art to sculpture; he has worked and exhibited all over the world, especially in the US and Ireland. Having spent time in France, Italy, India and Ireland, now lives alone on the borderlands between Shropshire and Wales; there he paints small landscapes en plein air, al fresco, and large iconic images in his studio. He drives an old Land Rover, grudgingly owns a mobile phone, but happily no television or computer

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Book photos © Charmaine Sayers

Ashes to Ashes - Edward Bell