Exhibition gives Iron Maiden artist final encore

Joe and Eddie – Joe has painted Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie for the last 20 years.

Joe and Eddie – Joe has painted Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie for the last 20 years. - Credit: Submitted

He designed the backdrops for some of the biggest bands and concerts in the country – including Queen, Tina Turner and Live Aid.

Jill Hill, exhibition coordinator at the Old Workshop Gallery in Corpusty, with one of Joseph Flack'

Jill Hill, exhibition coordinator at the Old Workshop Gallery in Corpusty, with one of Joseph Flack's paintings. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

Now, just seven months after his death, Joseph Flack, originally from London and latterly of Aylsham, is taking centre stage at his own exhibition.

The painter's work, which includes everything from portraits to intricate line drawings, has gone on display at the Old Workshop Gallery in Corpusty.

The celebration of his life, entitled A Life in Pictures, opened last month and continues until Sunday, October 16.

Although they are not on display, Mr Flack also painted the backdrops for British heavy metal band Iron Maiden for the last 20 years – which have included the band's iconic mascot Eddie.

Joe and Karen Tester painting a Motorhead backdrop.

Joe and Karen Tester painting a Motorhead backdrop. - Credit: Submitted


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Jill Hill, exhibition coordinator at the Old Workshop Gallery, which is just yards from where Mr Flack used to stay in the village, said: 'We've done one or two solo exhibitions (involving Flack) over the years, but he's always had work here.

'He was always about the village so plenty people knew him. He used to walk the dog up and down and his son went to the school.

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'He was a real versatile artist, like a craftsman artist; he could turn his hand to anything. He would do these big stage backdrops and then he would do tiny little miniature things.'

And she added: 'People have appreciated the chance to get together to see his work for one last time.'

Joeseph Flack amongst a series of Rothko inspired canvases he painted for an EMI World Wide Conferen

Joeseph Flack amongst a series of Rothko inspired canvases he painted for an EMI World Wide Conference. - Credit: Submitted

Mr Flack's stage creations were designed with Silvergate-based firm Hangman, which specialises in stage backdrops for concerts.

Paying tribute to him this week, the firm's Sam Booker said: 'Joe was an extremely talented artist and a great wit who brought both levity and intelligence to the crazy world of rock and roll. It was an honour to know him and a joy to spend time with him. We all miss him terribly.'

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