Jamie Reid, the revolutionary artist best known for the iconic artwork on Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols album, died earlier this month at the age of 76.
Reid had a long history with The Big Issue, most recently speaking about Banksy, Corbyn and the spirit of rebellion in 2018 and donating artwork for The Big Issue Art Auction to support vendors through the winter of 2020.
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Nigel Kershaw, chair of Big Issue Group, had a friendship with Reid spanning more than 50 years. Here’s his personal tribute to Reid:
Jamie and I were friends since I met him in 1971 when we both worked at Suburban Press, a collective he co-founded that designed and printed a magazine of the same name. We also printed for the libertarian, left, women’s and community movements. It was Suburban’s Press’s ground-breaking work that was the embryo for Jamie’s iconoclastic and challenging graphics for the Sex Pistols.
But Jamie will not – and should not – just be remembered for the Sex Pistols, but for all his other art and activism. He was a prolific painter, producing spectacular works on ancient slate and stained glass. One of his last major works this summer that he was so proud of was the Wildflower Wonder, a land art installation at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.