Alan of Rare & Racy in Sheffield invited me to photograph a new miniature artwork by Phlegm. As a friend Alan has known Phlegm for many years and Rare and Racy were the first shop to sell his work. The building in which the shop is located has over the years also featured several of Phlegm’s murals. The most recent of which was painted last week above the shop sign and can be seen here
Phlegm has painted the miniature artwork featured in these photographs with the aid of a magnifying glass. The last photograph shows how incredibly detailed the painting is. I suspect very few people will ever get to hold and see the wonder of this special piece of art. I felt privileged to see it in the flesh and like most works of art it looks so much better than in my photographs. I have for many years been a fan of Phlegms incredible work. From his comics, prints, paintings, huge wall murals and three dimensional installations his work continues to amaze and inspire me.
These images were shot under ambient shop lighting at Rare & Racy on their final day of trading. The shop was very busy and I did my best not to get in the way. I found a quiet corner behind the counter and took a number of images using different backgrounds. Once I had shot the stamp using the Rare & Racy address labels it was obvious that it had to be the main image for this blog post.
A big thank you to Allen for thinking to invite me to see the stamp and for taking time out on his last day of business. A kindness I will remember and another fond memory of my time at Rare & Racy from over the years.
Sadly after 48 years of trading Rare and Racy closed their doors on Saturday 1st July 2017.
Rare and Racy shop images featuring Phlegms artwork here on Postcard Cafe
Rare and Racy tribute photo here on Little Bits of Sheffield
Phlegms last gift to Rare and Racy here
More Phlegm artwork on Postcard Cafe here
Another of Phlegm’s fish caught HERE by Arty Ange