BiG Event : George Underwood - Talk and VR Art Gallery

Fri 21 Apr 2017 by Mia_Underwood

Brighton Illustrators Group are proud to announce a very special evening with the acclaimed painter and illustrator George Underwood. Best known for creating iconic album covers for famous musicians including David Bowie and T. Rex, George will present a talk about his life and work, followed by a Q&A session and a unique Virtual Reality exhibition of his paintings. 

There will aslo be signed 'Soulful Warriors' books by George Underwood, signed art prints and Ziggy pins for sale on the night.

The event will be held in the spacious and modern auditorium at 68 Middle Street, Brighton. Tickets are limited, so make sure you book yours fast!

Get your tickets here

When: 7.30pm - 11pm, Thursday 25th May
Where: 68 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL

Drinks for this event will be kindly provided by Kineo.

Many thanks to sponsors Clearleft, 68 Middle Street and Kineo


Born: 5th February 1947

George Underwood will talk about his personal journey from the 1960s music scene to success as a commerical artist and exhibiting around the world.

How he met David Jones (Bowie) at 9 years old and becoming best of friends.

David Bowie and George Underwood

1961 - David and George outside the American Embassy

In 1964, while a student at Beckenham College of Art, George formed a band called The King Bees with his friend David Jones. Jones would later become David Bowie. George recorded a solo record as 'Calvin James' with producer Micky Most, but George decided the music business was not for him and returned to art school.

George’s talent as a painter did not escape the notice of his friends in the booming British music scene, and he was commissioned to create album covers for bands such as T.Rex, Procol Harum, Gentle Giant and his old school friend David Bowie.

TREX Album cover by George Underwood

Space Oddity

Establishing himself as a leading commercial artist and creative Illustrator, George went on to produce book jackets, LP and CD covers, poster art and private commissions.

In the mid-seventies he began painting in oils, which eventually led to him exhibiting his work in galleries in UK and worldwide.


An artist always open to innovating and embracing new technologies, George will introduce a Virtual Reality exhibition of his work which guests are invited to experience after the talk. Created in collaboration with Brighton VR lab Gallery Ghost, the ‘virtual gallery' explores new ways to experience and share art through the emerging technology of VR. For more info visit 

Virtual Reality George Underwood Art Gallery

CURATED BY : Mia Underwood
SPONSORED BY : 68 Middle Street, Clearleft and Kineo

68 Middle Street

Kineo logo


Tweets from @bigillustrators and friends

14 Feb 19: Join us in a fortnight for informal fun sketching, meeting up over a drink. We hope this will be the first of many!

18 Jun 18: A reminder that this Thursday 21st June, we have a great evening lined up with guest speakers Bob Molesworth and Ny……

12 Jun 18: We are extremely excited to announce our Summer Solstice meetup - Two great comic artists - Bob Molesworth and Nye……

19 Apr 18: Excellent night at Bip-Art with the @bigillustrators for a night of printmaking workshops 😊😊😊…

10h: The @FairyTale_Fair returns @BrightonOpenMkt for a @brightonfringe Festival special! On Saturday 12th May The Fai……

11h: **ALERT** We still have 2 spaces remaining for our very special printing event on Thursday evening at BiP in Kemp T……

10 Apr 18: Fancy getting creative and having a go at drawing a self portrait with your favourite #book for #cityreads2018? Joi……

16 Mar 18: **BiG Members** On the 19th April @bipArt will be opening their doors to us for a special evening of printmaking wo……

14 Mar 18: Introducing BiG member Jan Barger. Jan has written and illustrated nine picture books including BEDTIME, NELLY! and……

7 Mar 18: Great stuff from AOI member Donough O'Malley @pencilrobot repped by @Illustrationweb here, advertising the……

News archive