Shane MacGowan has instructed fans to “bring some money” ahead of the launch of his new art exhibition on Tuesday night.
The legendary Pogues singer, 64, is showing his work at the Andipa art gallery in London’s Knightsbridge with the exhibition ‘The Eternal Buzz and the Crock of Gold’.
Acclaimed musician Shane, who has suffered physically from years of binge drinking and substance abuse, was filmed by his longtime partner Victoria Mary Clarke for an Instagram video, with Shane opening the clip by singing a line from the 1969 song Come And Get It From band finger.
He crooned, “Here it is and get it, but you better hurry because it’s going fast,” adding that the track would be played on the opening night of the exhibition.
Shane went on to thank his wife Victoria for helping with the art exhibition, before telling his social media followers to “bring some money, lots of money”.
He added of his artworks, “They’re not going to get any cheaper,” before Victoria joked, “You’ll be like Picasso before you know it.”
The artworks have been brought together in a 502-page limited edition monograph, which includes a critical essay by Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak, as well as contributions from Victoria, actor Johnny Depp and Shane himself.
The monograph will also feature unpublished lyrics by the singer, as well as photographs and essays written by Shane while he was at school.
Hollywood star Johnny said of Shane’s work: “Shane’s vision will speak for itself. Sometimes they will evoke wonder, sometimes they may seem downright menacing, but whatever the medium, his work will always be poetic.”
Johnny is a close friend of Shane and his wife Victoria, with Johnny producing the 2020 film Crock of Gold which looks back on the musician’s eventful life – from growing up in Ireland with big dreams of a career in music to towards his move He was 13 before he became an icon.
The gallery said in a statement: “Andipa is delighted to present The Eternal Buzz and the Crock of Gold, an exhibition by acclaimed singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan.
“His work, which the art critic Waldemar Januszczak described as having a ‘crazy, wild, fascinating, scaly energy’, is represented by twenty small-scale drawings, most of which date from the 1980s.”
The abstract artworks will range in price from £5,000 + VAT to £32,000 + VAT.
Shane has suffered physically from years of binge drinking and often performed drunk on stage.
He started drinking at the tender age of five when his family gave him Guinness to help him sleep and his father would often take him to the local pub while he drank with friends.
Ms Victoria announced in 2016 that Shane was sober for the “first time in several years” and explained how his drinking problem stemmed from years of “singing in bars and clubs where people are drinking and having fun”.
She claimed his spiral into alcohol addiction was due to the introduction of hard drugs like heroin.
Journalist Victoria said the singer became sober after an extended hospital stay while suffering from pneumonia and a hip injury, and Shane continued his journey of sobriety when he returned home.
During his long career, he is perhaps best known for the 1987 Christmas single “Fairytale Of New York,” a collaboration with the late Kirsty MacColl.