Painter’s trib­ute to iconic snap

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

AN ARTIST recre­ated a now in­fa­mous snap of New Year de­bauch­ery on the streets of Manch­ester.

Nic Stacey, 29, from Bolling­ton has cre­ated his own trib­ute to the photo taken by pho­tog­ra­pher Joel Good­man out­side the city cen­tre’s Print­works en­ter­tain­ment com­plex on New Year’s Eve show­ing po­lice of­fi­cers re­strain­ing a man in the middle of the road, while an­other chap reaches for a beer as he lies in the street.

The pic­ture be­came an in­ter­net hit, with thou­sands of peo­ple shar­ing the im­age and news out­lets across the coun­try scram­bling to get their hands on the pic­ture. It was even com­pared to a piece of Re­nais­sance art.

Nic spe­cialises in pic­tures of Manch­ester and was in­spired by Joel’s iconic snap.

He de­cided to turn the photo into a paint­ing, painstak­ingly recre­at­ing the im­age in acrylic on a gi­ant three by four foot can­vas.

Nic said: “Oc­ca­sion­ally a pic­ture will come along that re­ally cap­tures my at­ten­tion. Joel’s def­i­nitely did that.

“As soon as I saw the pic­ture, I got to work. I saw the pic­ture very early on New Year’s Day. I just thought it was hi­lar­i­ous - it was so Manch­ester.

“Ev­ery­thing about it was per­fect. It re­minded me of The Last Sup­per by Leonardo da Vinci, in that ev­ery­thing was just so well-placed.

“Peo­ple later said it looks like Re­nais­sance art, which I could to­tally see. I couldn’t stop laugh­ing, it was bril­liant.

“I’d found a huge can­vas in a skip a few months ago, but had no in­spi­ra­tion for what to paint on it. When I saw Joel’s photo, I knew.”

From ev­ery paint­ing Nic sells, he do­nates 25pc to Ge­orge House Trust, a HIV char­ity in Manch­ester.

Nic added: “I’m not sure whether my lat­est piece will sell and to be hon­est, I’d quite like it in my liv­ing room. But if it does, let’s hope that some of what it makes can go to a good cause.”

Joel said his work be­ing com­pared to Re­nais­sance art was ‘flat­ter­ing’ but he was just ‘in the right place at the right time’.

He said: “I’m re­ally flat­tered and re­spect­ful of what Nic’s done and of his mo­tives and gen­eros­ity. I re­ally hope it sells and I’ll gladly do­nate a framed and signed ver­sion of a print of my pho­to­graph to Ge­orge House Trust for auc­tion.”

●● Nic Stacey has recre­ated Joel Good­man’s iconic New Year’s Eve photo on can­vas

●● An im­age from the Odd­ments and Epi­grams in Bolling­ton ex­hi­bi­tion

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