Davey Brown’s History of House exhibition to be held at Sub Club – Glasgow Live

One of the surprise hits of Ibiza’s summer is coming to Glasgow for a takeover of the legendary Sub Club..

Artist Davey Brown was forced to quit his job as a painter and decorator due to a medical condition, so turned his hand to painting on canvas instead of walls.

Focusing on his love of house music and clubbing, he began approaching DJs to ask if he could paint them with a view to eventually staging an exhibition – and The History Of House was born.

The exhibition has toured the UK, wowing fans at Las Mimosas in Ibiza and has even been featured on the BBC. And it’s at the Sub Club tomorrow night.

Carl Cox painting

Davey said: “I was looking to do a new exhibition. I wanted to do something more than just a few paintings stuck on a wall. House music is a huge passion of mine and I had a Eureka moment when I decided to combine that with my other big passion: art.

“My mind went into overdrive and I decided on an exhibition called The History Of House. The idea was to create an event where my artwork would be on display with DJs playing throughout the show.

“The original plan was to launch the exhibition in my home city of Newcastle, take it to London, then finish up in Ibiza. But as word spread and demand grew, I had people asking me to take it to other places.

“Manchester, because of The Hacienda, Birmingham with Miss Moneypenny’s, Glasgow for Sub Club – all huge parts of the History of House.

“Among the DJs who have played at the exhibition so far are Glen Horsborough (Defected Croatia), Lisa Loud, Jim Shaft Ryan, CJ MacKintosh, Alfredo and Mambo resident James Reid.”

Painting of DJ Jo Mills

Davey reached out to DJs on social media initially but now promoters, club owners and the stars themselves are approaching him, keen to be involved in what is becoming a major event within dance music and beyond.

He said: “I initially contacted the DJs  I wanted to paint and asked them  to send me their favourite photo of themselves  to work from. I wanted ‘action’ shots, in their natural style behind the decks. The response was amazing.

“I spoke to the likes of Danny Rampling, Marshall Jefferson, Graeme Park, Jo Mills, and they loved the idea. Every DJ I contacted has been very supportive and happy  to be part of the exhibition.”

The Ibiza connection came about through music legend Charlie Chester and Javier Anadon, owner of Cafe Mambo, and the rest of the wildly successful group’s outlets  on Ibiza, from sunset bars  to hotels and high-end  restaurants.

Derrick Carter

The exhibition runs just before Derrick Carter raises the roof at the iconic nightclub.

Davey said: “Sub Club is legendary and it is an honour to take my exhibition there. It’s a special venue and I can’t wait to get up there.

“The amazing Rebecca Vasmant is DJing for us with 45 paintings placed around Sub Club. I’m doing portraits of Jon Mancini, Harri, Rebecca of course, Michael Kilkie and many more.”

Mike Grieve, Sub Club MD, said: “Davey has made a real impression touring his exhibition of DJ portraits over the past few months, and we’re totally delighted to have the exhibition touch down at the Subbie for the final 2019 leg of the tour.

“With house music icon Derrick Carter playing later the same evening, it’ll feature a newly commissioned signed portrait of the living legend, which is being auctioned off in aid of Glasgow City Mission. Their work with the homeless deserves everyone’s support so go to glasgowcitymission.com and help.”

The History of House is at Sub Club, Glasgow, on Dec 30, free, 7.30-10.30pm.

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