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REVIEW: Twist and Shout

REVIEW: Twist and Shout

Friday 21 July 2023

REVIEW: Twist and Shout

Friday 21 July 2023

Everyone has a favourite Beatles song, and all the talk at Candie during Thursday night's preview of the Twist and Shout exhibition, featuring artwork inspired by the fab-four's songs, centred around 'which one is your favourite?'

Personally - the haunting beauty of Dominique Bolt's portrait of an elderly couple inspired by 'And I love her' kept me gazing for a while.

Rebecca Swain's 'Golden Slumbers' inspired painting was beautiful with so many cute creatures to look at.

Sam Thompson's portrait, Fiona Richmond's painting, Ryan de Haaf's illustration, all caught my eye and were instantly recognisable in conjunction with the title of the Beatles' song they were inspired by. 'She climbed in through the bathroom window', 'I saw her standing there' and 'Help' respectively. 

Carrie Carr's 'Yellow Submarine' montage of photos - so very yellow with each subject almost peering through a porthole. At first glance, not my cup of tea - at second, third, fourth glance....there was so much to see. When you go to see the exhibition for yourself, I wonder - which set of eyes will draw you in?


Pictured: The Twist and Shout exhibition is open now at Guernsey Museum, at Candie.

Any local exhibition related to the Beatles would not be able to exclude Fiona Adams - the legendary photographer of Guernsey heritage who took the iconic photo of John, Paul, George and Ringo which was chosen as the cover for their 1963 EP, Twist and Shout.

1963 is the same year that The Beatles played at Guernsey's Candie Auditorium. Photographs provided by one of Baron Pontin's children show the fab-four arriving in the island. The artwork around the Greenhouse Gallery confirm the island's love of The Beatles is as strong as its love of nostalgia. 

By 1963, the band's place in the history books had been cemented, and Adam's as an artistic legend confirmed when her image was chosen to cover the Twist and Shout EP. 

Adams' story is told at the entrance to the exhibition, with an equally recognisable name to the other side of the door.

Peter Le Vasseur was asked to contribute artwork for 'The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics' in the 1960s. His 2000 reimagining of that work is presented here. It's so easy to get lost in this painting, with so much to see and interpret. The four Beatles instantly recognisable, but who else is among them?

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Pictured: Jack Heywood performed a series of Beatles songs during the sunlit drinks reception heralding the opening of the Twist and Shout exhibition.

As I arrived at the preview exhibition the Greenhouse Gallery was full so I waited outside and took in the Island Games exhibit until I could enter. By biding my time I was able to linger around the artwork which caught my eye and study those in more detail.

One of the people I was meeting there was a 15-year-old boy. I asked him if he likes the Beatles. 'I used to. But not really now. They're ok, I guess...' he surmised.

His mum's contribution to the exhibition sits at the threshold - an additional piece signifying the intense 'Beatlemania' of the 60s. You can hear the screams coming from the (predominantly) young females recreated from photos six decades on.

That image of 'Beatlemania' hysteria as you enter the gallery of Beatles inspired art work sets you up for journey back in time to when the world's biggest band played in Guernsey. 


60 years's time to Twist and Shout again!

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