From Newcastle to London, Manchester and Birmingham, Scotland to now Ibiza, a nationwide UK tour of a successful art exhibition is landing on the White Isle. On September 5th the walls at Las Mimosas in San Antonio are set to come vividly alive with a mesmeric display of icons, legends, movers and shakers in the music industry. Paying tribute to the original house music scene, the show titled The History Of House is the creation of an artist on the rise – one man whose transition to the paint brush is as interesting as his work. Both an education and an evening of celebration, for the first time the island is invited to revel in an all-encompassing affair.
Set across one night only, UK-based artist Davey Brown is shuttling his most prolific works across the Med for a show that doesn’t come by often in Ibiza. Having begun his career as a decorator, Brown’s time painting the walls of properties has not all been in vain. Following a leg injury that put an end to his physical role, the foam rollers were swapped for more delicate paint brushes and from then a whole new world has unravelled before him. Finding his signature in pop-art portraits his subjects have evolved from favourite actors and footballers to his staple now of emblematic DJs. With a passion for music and both painting in tow, Brown has brought together a kaleidoscopic collection of famous faces with a concept intending to go beyond being simply a display and gathering.
On the island most famous for its soundtrack, Brown is bringing a touch of schooling and awareness to the story behind it all. Featuring early American DJs such as Frankie Knuckles and Tony Humphries, other celebrated figured set to grace the sprawling hotel venue include Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Judge Jules. Painted in acrylic and a showpiece enough in themselves, the works will each be accompanied by hand-written poems by Brown himself that will take guests on a journey through the years. Catapulting the evening straight onto the dancefloor, screens enveloping the exhibition will be projecting footage of old school raves and festivals throwing out the energy. Topped off with its very own live soundscape, there will be none other than legendary names taking to the decks to transport the whole evening, one of which being Balearic King and honorary spinner, DJ Alfredo.
Part of the Mambo Group, Las Mimosas is a young and stylish boutique hotel on the outskirts of San Antonio. Having made his first appearance at the Primavera Festival at Atzaro, it wasn’t long before venue owner Javier Anadon spotted the budding artist and invited Brown to put on this exhibition. Brown’s pieces will be featuring in Café Mambo with a further commissioning of five paintings where his art will be cemented for guests to enjoy at any time of the year. If you fancy a chance to take one home for yourself, there will be a further activity on the night of the event with a charity art auction. One-off paintings have all been created for each leg of the tour with proceeds going to charities local to the venues. With invites for the artist to display in Marbella’s Nikki Beach, Dubai and Barcelona, The History Of House is your ticket to catching this extraordinaire on the up. It’s not everyday Ibiza sees an exhibition this immersive; you do not want to miss it!