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Jamie Reid Artist Biography

Jamie Reid is probably best known for his work with the Sex Pistols, including the Cecil Beaton silver jubilee portrait of the Queen with a safety pin through her nose, and the cover for Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - which came in at number two in a Rolling Stone Magazine poll of the best rock album sleeves of all time. He also worked on the Sex Pistols film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle and he has continued his collaborations with the music industry until the present day, designing album covers for bands including Afrocelt Sound System, and the interior of the strongroom Recording Studio in Shoreditch.

Anarchist and influential British artist, Jamie Reid was born in 1947 in London, England. Raised in a politically active family, he attended Croydon College in London, where he studied art - and met fellow classmate Malcolm McLaren, the future manager of the punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Jamie Reid was bought up in Croydon, London and came from a very politically active family. During his time studying at Croydon Art College, he was involved in the student movement of 68, organizing an occupation of the college, along with Malcolm McLaren. On leaving Croydon Art College in 1970, he co-founded the Suburban Press where he developed his unique style of cut up graphics and sloganeering.

But the heavy work-load and city living eventually pushed Reid out of Suburban Press and away from London, in general. Then, in 1976, he received a telegram from his college friend, Malcolm McLaren, who wanted to gauge Jamie Reid's interest in coming back to London.

Jamie Reid's return to the city brought him back in touch with McLaren and a new band that McLaren had recently formed and started managing, ‘The Sex Pistols’. Fronted by lead singer Johnny Rotten, the angry, brash young group soon became the face of English punk rock. At least part of that was due to Reid.

Working closely with the Pistols, Jamie Reid designed artwork for the group's debut (and only) studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. He also co-wrote the lyrics of one of the group's most popular songs, "Anarchy in the U.K.," and produced cover art for the song, a torn and tattered Union Jack flag with safety pins clipped to it. That and other he made Pistols art, including a picture of the Queen with a safety pin through her lip, became defining symbols of the punk rock era, and the Sex Pistols in particular.

Following the Pistols' end in 1978 and the demise of the British punk scene, Jamie Reid continued to work as an artist, infusing his work with his political leanings. He's worked with various artists to protest nuclear weapons, racism and a fairer criminal justice system. For much of the 1980’s and '90s, he worked with the world music group Afro Celt Sound System.

In 2000, Jamie was commissioned to design the Magic Room in the Pelirocco Hotel in Brighton England, which offers rooms with decor inspired by British youth cults, and counter culture icons. The Magic room is decked out in shocking pink and florescent yellow, with works by Jamie Reid on the walls, and his designs printed on the curtains and wallpaper. A retrospective of Jamie Reid's work was exhibited at The Aquarium L-13 gallery in London in 2007.

Jamie Reid has collaborated with street art legend Shepard Fairey to produce a series of powerful contemporary political images focusing on climate change and the banking crisis, including Bright Future: Save Petrol/ Burn Cars, an effective satirical spin on Jamie Reid's Nowhere Buses, complete with burning Rolls Royces and a Suburban Press bumper sticker.

More art prints from Jamie Reid

Liberty - Red By Jamie Reid
God Save the Queen 2017 (Swastika Eyes) By Jamie Reid
Vote for Light By Jamie Reid
A Short Sharp Shock Croydon Poster By Jamie Reid
God Save Us All By Jamie Reid
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