Gerry Laffy Bio
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 Japan, the UK and Europe 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 Mulcahy classic Highlander.
Music and Gerry
Also a musician, Gerry has released 30 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. From 2001 – 2008 he almost single-handedly reinvented 60’s pop icon imagery for his celebrity clientele including Eastenders star Samantha Womack and 007 James Bond film star Britt Ekland and members of several multi-million selling bands including The Prodigy, Duran Duran, Def Leppard and The Stray Cats.
A new direction
His new maverick style 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 handcrafted labour to achieve.
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 a new collection went 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).
Gerry will be featuring With Art in Mind Exhibition (link) The show will also feature contemporary artists who have all had experience mental health issues be it themselves or friends and family, creating exclusive pieces.
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