19 luglio 2015

Dopo Rock Bottom e Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard, altre tre stampe di lavori di Alfreda Benge per gli album di Robert Wyatt - Comicopera, Dondestan e Shleep - saranno prodotte e distribuite all'inizio del nuovo anno, ciascuna in soli cento esemplari. Lo comunica Emily Smeaton dell'inglese Hypergallery, suggerendo di prenotarne una copia ora, a prezzo agevolato: "I am delighted to announce three new prints of Robert Wyatt artworks by Alfreda (Alfie) Benge are available for pre-order now, exclusively, from Hypergallery. These follow the huge success of Rock Bottom and Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard, published last year. Produced in collaboration with Alfie, and signed in pencil by both Alfie and Robert. Anyone purchasing two (or more) prints by Alfie will receive the hardback copy of Different Every Time: An Authorized Biography of Robert Wyatt, containing a special bookplate signed in ink by Robert and Alfie."

Alfreda (Alfie) Benge is a lyricist and illustrator. She was born in 1940 in Austria to a Polish mother, and came to England in 1947. She has been married to the musician Robert Wyatt since 1974 and, in a unique partnership, has produced illustrations for all of his solo albums for the past forty years, beginning with his acknowledged classic, Rock Bottom.  She has also contributed lyrics to many of his compositions. Benge studied painting at Camberwell Art School, Graphics at the London School of Printing, Film at the RCA, worked in film, and served as an assistant to the editor Graeme Clifford for Nicolas Roeg’s Don't Look Now (1973). As well as providing cover artwork for all Wyatt’s solo albums, she has produced album covers other musicians including Fred Frith, Klimperei, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. She has illustrated two children's books written by Ivor Cutler.