DON’T LET ME BREAK YOU
“Don’t Let Me Break You” is Tim Doyle’s entry into Gallery Nucleus’ “ALL TOGETHER NOW” Beatles-inspired art show, that just closed last weekend! Nakatomi is proud to offer the artist copies of this print for sale starting THIS TUESDAY 7/31 at around 2pm Central Time.
Measuring 18×24, this 5-color silkscreen features metallic ink! Signed and numbered in an edition of 150, Nakatomi will have much less for sale. Also available in a Black and White variant edition of only 30-
Here’s a little history on the print from Doyle-
“I was very happy to be contacted by Gallery Nucleus for this Beatles themed show. Months back I had an opportunity to be in the Blank Space Gallery’s Beatles show, and just couldn’t make it work in my schedule- but I had ideas kicking around in my head that I just thought I’d never get around to committing to paper now- so when this came up, I was ready to go! The thing about these big group shows is that you know what a lot of artists are going to do (simple portraits, or easily recognizable iconography from the inspiration’s source material), so the key is to be able to do what you want- but to also not do what anyone else would expect. So from that angle, I took my favorite Beatles song, “Hey Bulldog” and built a scene around that kernel. I wanted to not depict the happy, smiling mop-top era of The Beatles, but draw my image from their latter period of angry, edgy music- which culminated in their final rooftop concert on top of the Apple Recording building. I wanted to draw the music that pushed the insanity of Charles Manson to engineer the murder of Sharon Tate- not the safe, crowd-pleasing “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, but the frighteningly apocalyptic “Helter Skelter”- which was on repeat for quite a while as I was working on this piece. Whether I succeeded or not, I don’t know- but I like where I ended up regardless. Fun fact I learned while working on this is that a Helter Skelter is an amusement park ride- a slide spiraling around the outside of a tower. “I’m coming down fast, so don’t let me break you.” Also featured here- Newspaper Taxis, Blackbirds, The aforementioned rooftop concert and Helter Skelters, the iconic Abbey Road crosswalk turned on it’s head, and Lady Madonna with baby at her breast.”
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