Gerry Laffy Biography
As a teenager Gerry Laffy shelved the security of a lucrative job as a graphic artist at London Weekend TV to hit the big time in the UK, Europe and Japan as guitarist and co-founder of Glam Rock pioneers GIRL which split up in 1982.
For the next 15 years whilst based in London, Sydney and Hollywood acting as personal manager to film director Russell Mulcahy he went on to work on dozens of award winning videos for Queen, The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Culture Club, Fleetwood Mac etc, many big budget TV commercials and 11 feature films including the classic Highlander.
As a musician, Gerry has released 32 albums with GIRL, Ultravox, The London Cowboys, Sheer Greed, Duran Duran’s John Taylor and as a highly respected solo artist.
But an overwhelming desire to return to his roots persuaded him to turn his back on LA in 2000 and to rediscover himself yet again, this time at home in London.
The imitators soon moved in as this pop iconism was diluted again just as it was in the 1960’s. So Gerry has moved on again to work that is far less easy to copy.
His new maverick style
Gerry utilises a range of mixed media materials such as gold leaf, silver leaf, diamante, Swarovski glass beads, pearls and turquoise, sterling silver feathers and his ubiquitous diamond dust. These works can take dozens or sometimes hundreds of hours of precise hand crafted labour to achieve. Gerry Laffy is ever dedicated to his art with a flurry of work going on in his home studio in Swiss Cottage, NW3 (with guitars very much pushed to the side). Summer 2014 and 2015 saw The Punk, Rock N Roll shows at The Underdog Gallery SE1 an amazing collective of ex musicians that now make art.
Gerry Laffy is ever dedicated to his art with a flurry of work going on in his studio in London (with his guitars pushed to the side). Summer 2014 and 2015 saw Gerry join up with fellow musicians who paint in the ‘Punk, Rock and Roll Art Show’ curated by Martin Stacey and Luigia Minichiello at The Underdog Gallery SE1.
2016 – In October Gerry had a new collection going into the 2016 outing of The Punk, Rock N Roll show. He still maintains an ongoing 10 year relationship with Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead (who own exclusive rights to his diamante Guns range and diamond dusted skulls). Currently he also has work on show at The Wellington Club in Knightsbridge.