Mal commission

It’s surprising how small the world can be sometimes, and occasionally it brings you into touch with the most unexpected people. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect that late in 2020 I’d be painting the late Malcolm Young, the legendary songwriter and guitarist of AC/DC.

The family member who commissioned the painting initially approached me to paint a logo for a one-off tee shirt – with no affiliation to AC/DC, but purely about Malcolm, whilst giving a nod to his incredible legacy. In fact, so huge is his band’s popularity, that their new album ‘Power Up’ was No.1 in 18 countries – that’s some heritage.

Malcolm Young Painting with his name in text

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The artwork was painted from a very low-resolution photo of Malcolm and the image is therefore unique, showing him off stage, trying out a new guitar. 

Having delivered it, the client asked if we could use the artwork to also produce a large image on acrylic, to be used as a permanent feature image, centre stage of the renowned charity Livewire Youth Music in Saltash, Cornwall. Their world-class performance stage was to be named after Malcolm on the occasion of his Birthday on Jan 6th 2021 – Malcolm was a patron of the charity for many years, and Brian Johnson still is. 

And so that’s what we did! 

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