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Amy Winehouse Project

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 by in Portfolio |

The world’s perception of Winehouse as a drug fuelled reprobate ignores the clever, intelligent and witty individual she was, who donated her money, music and time to charity throughout her life.

From her first guitar when she was 13 and subsequently writing her own music a year later Amy was an irrepressible character whose signature beehive hair and Cleopatra makeup she borrowed from her childhood love of sixties girl groups and the Latinas she saw in Miami.

Never out of the Awards ceremonies, in 2008 Amy won Grammy Awards for Record of the YearSong of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance just for the single “Rehab”. This culminated in her breaking her second Guinness World Record: for the most number of simultaneous hit songs to enter the UK singles chart by a woman following her untimely death on 23rd July 2011 after years of struggling with substance and alcohol abuse.

Tony Bennett, the legendary American singer said after performing with her, ‘ It was such a sad thing because . . . she was the only singer that really sang what I call the ‘right way’ because she was a great jazz-pop singer.’

Her album Back to Black posthumously became the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.

Linda's Amy
Linda's Amy
As well as her signature beehive and distinctive decoration, I particularly wanted to capture what I’d call Amy’s ‘feisty fragility’ in the pose and presentation of my bronze – her strength as a performer so closely linked with her vulnerability as a young girl.