Showing posts with label The Fool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Fool. Show all posts

Friday, September 11, 2020

John's magic piano

We know that Paul had a custom painted piano designed by the BEV design collective of Douglas Binder, Dudley Edwards and David Vaughan and has toured with a replica of the instrument. But here's a pic of John having his own magic piano painted by members of the Dutch collective, the Fool, who also did the psychedelic mural for the Beatles' Apple Boutique and designed art and clothing for that business. 

John's piano eventually ended up in George Harrison's home, Friar Park, as can be seen in the video featured below of George, Paul and Ringo playing there during production of "The Beatles Anthology" video series.


The Apple Boutique mural:

Paul playing his magic piano:

Dhani Harrison with John's magic piano at Friar Park:

Watch for it in this video of the Threetles playing at George's place:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Unused gatefold art for Sgt. Pepper LP up for auction

A painting by the Dutch art collective, the Fool, originally intended as gatefold art for the Sgt. Pepper album is up for auction at Sotheby's.

“…The Beatles’ roadie, Mal Evans, brought John and Paul to our studio in St Stephen’s Gardens,” said Marijke Koger, one of the founding members of the group.

“They had seen my Saville Theatre programme cover for Hendrix and The Who and were intrigued by the artwork. They blew their minds over the ‘Wonderwall’ Simon [Posthuma] and I had painted in 1966 on an armoire in polychrome psychedelic imagery, as well as others paintings and artwork.”
Having been introduced to LSD in 1965, the Beatles were becoming well-versed in psychedelic imagery, and they felt The Fool’s work captured the spirit of the age.

In return, the group created a vivid dreamscape filled with flowing water, towering mountains, green foliage and colourful birds such as parrots and peacocks, all surrounding a blazing sunset.

However, the style of the artwork didn’t sit well with Peter Blake’s cover, or the faux-Edwardian imagery McCartney had originally envisioned, and in the end the band rejected the painting.

Instead they decided to use a group photograph taken by Michael Cooper during the shoot for the cover.

The Fool continued its relationship with the Beatles, however, designing posters and clothes for the band's Apple Boutique and painting the huge psychedelic mural on the boutique's Baker Street storefront.

The group also painted a huge three-story mural on the front of the Apple Boutique in London’s Baker Street; gave new psychedelic paint jobs to George Harrison’s custom Mini Cooper and John Lennon’s gypsy caravan; and painted instruments including several of Harrison’s guitars and Lennon’s piano.

Interestingly, Ringo Starr purchased the unused gatefold art in the 1980s, later gifting it to his manager at the time, Hilary Gerrard in 1987. Ringo even signed the reverse side of the painting “To Hill | We Love you | Billy S.”, in reference to his Sgt. Pepper alter ego Billy Shears.

Sotheby's expects the unused "Pepper" artwork to fetch more than $100,000.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

John's psychedelic Rolls

Top Gear today provides a lustrous look at John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce.
John Lennon was once attacked by a passer-by in the street with an umbrella because he had the audacity to customise his Rolls-Royce Phantom V.
Dutch art collective, who also painted the exterior of the Beatles' Apple boutique and a rejected over for Sgt. Pepper, painted the car.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Artifact: Rare jacket from the Beatles' Apple Boutique

Paging Sonny Bono: Up for auction in Liverpool next month is this jacket created by the Dutch design collective The Fool for the Beatles' short-lived Apple Boutique store in London.

The Fool also created the psychedelic mural that decorated the Boutique's exterior and the inner sleeve of the Sgt. Pepper LP.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Clothes from Beatles' Apple Boutique up for auction

A half-dozen outfits designed by Dutch collective  The Fool and purchased at the Beatles' Apple Boutique in London during the 1960s are up for auction.

Owner Susan Brink of Indiana, recently brought the clothes to a taping of the "Antiques Roadshow" TV program and decided to put them up for auction once she realized how much they worth.

She bought the clothes in 1968, shortly before the Beatles' shop shut down.
Marijke Koger-Dunham, a former member of the Fool who is now a painter in Shadow Hills, Calif., wrote in an email that the collective’s textiles came from Liberty Department Stores and “a lot of different and odd places.” Store mannequins had varied skin tones to represent different ethnicities. The Beatles and their wives and entourages wore the clothes at performances and on movie sets.

Despite steady sales and a stream of curiosity seekers, the mismanaged store failed. A last chaotic wave of shoppers was allowed to take home the remaining stock free.

“I like the idea that it was all given away in the end,” Ms. Koger-Dunham wrote.
The Fool’s Apple products rarely appear on the market. In 2004, at Christie’s in London, a batch of the collective’s Beatles memorabilia, including bed linens and men’s clothing and underwear, sold for $3,000.
You can see the auction lot here.