I first saw Lemmy perform at Plymouth Guild Hall on Saturday the 19th of August,1972, when he was playing as the bassist with pioneering British rock band, Hawkwind. It was in fact my first live gig, so it was a memorable night for that reason alone, but seeing this band was very much a life changing experience for me and cemented in my life-long love of prog-rock and heavy metal. I saw him with Hawkwind on and off until he left and formed Motorhead.
I saw him only once with Motorhead in November 1980, where the band played so loudly that one of my friends ruptured an eardrum!
My final proximity to this remarkable and larger than life man was much more human. He was a huge supporter of Saltash, Cornwall based Livewire Youth Music, a charity I volunteer at. Although I never had the good fortune to meet him in person, by all accounts he was an incredibly kind and generous man, and he remained a patron of the charity up until his death on the 28th of December 2015.
This painting is different from other portraits you’ll see in my gallery in that I wanted to create more ‘movement’ in the finished item, so I painted Lemmy mainly with a digital oil brush, as opposed to a digital airbrush, which is my tool of choice for much of my work.