Originally taught by the legendary British pop artist Richard Hamilton, Ferry has, throughout his career, maintained his founding interest in art and visual culture. As one of the few musicians to be interviewed at length by the leading international journal of contemporary art, 'Frieze', Ferry has spoken of the very close relationship between his passion for fine art and his artistic ambitions as a singer, composer and performer.
Bryan Ferry in both his solo CD’s and his iconic records with Roxy Music - Flesh and Blood, Boys and Girls, and most recently, Olympia – has always had equally iconic images on this album covers. That’s no accident. Ferry has spoken in many interviews about his passion for fine art and interest in visual culture. One look at the way he dresses could tell you a lot of that – the man is glamourous, meticulous and profoundly urbane. Well, Ferry has conceived of and directed all visual aspects of his music – album covers and music videos. Some of the artwork for the eight Roxy Music studio albums, created between 1972 and 1983, will be displayed in a new exhibition at the Michael Kohn Gallery in L.A. titled Olympia.