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Following the announcement of the death of David Bowie, Brian gave the BBC the following poignant statement:

"David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

"We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years – with him living in New York and me in London – our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

"About a year ago we started talking about Outside – the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

"I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

"I realise now he was saying goodbye."

David Bowie was an artist in many media. From EnoWeb's archives, here is a detail from the wallpaper he designed, included in the Antennae 01 box produced for the 1995 Pagan Fun Wear event in aid of the War Child charity.

Bowie later explained on Bowieart.com: "This, for a couple of reasons is one of my favorite pieces. In 1994 I started working on the computer for the first time. However, the beginnings of this print go back to 1993. I had been thinking about the repercussions of Damien Hirst's piece 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.' This is the piece Damien built in 1991 incorporating a fully grown shark in a tank of formaldehyde. In 1994 a real conflict had developed in British art between the supporters of traditional painting and those of the new young British artists. To identify this tussle, and as I was now working with the computer, I chose to collage various subjects together symbolising both sides of the argument. Firstly, I made a Hirst style box then, working in a traditional manner such as the great British painters Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach have worked, bringing allusion or interpretation of classic paintings into their work, I made a watercolour impression from a Freud self portrait and scanned this into the box."

Music by Brian will be featured in Michael Benson's Otherworlds, a new exhibition at London's Natural History Museum, from 22nd January 2016.

Drawn From Life, Brian's 2001 collaboration with J. Peter Schwalm, is now available from the latter's Bandcamp page.


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