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Top album artist visits Aberdeen for first exhibition

Terry Pastor, best known for his iconic artwork for music albums by David Bowie, the Beach Boys, The Sweet, Carl Palmer and Soft Machine, will be in Aberdeen this week for his first-ever exhibition in the city.

Among the illustrations and paintings on show will be his iconic artwork for David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums, signed by the artist and David Bowie.

Terry Pastor

Terry Pastor’s paintings have been exhibited in London, New York, Munich and Amsterdam and his works feature in the private collections of Roman Polanski, Roman Ford Coppola and Status Quo.

Terry Pastor’s Aberdeen exhibition is at the Artists Gallery, 405 Holburn Street Aberdeen and opens to the public on Saturday (December 12) running through to January 30. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and, in the run up to Christmas, Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.

Terry Pastor will be making a personal appearance at the Artists Gallery to talk with visitors about his work. He will be available on Saturday (December 12) from 11am to 4pm.



Terry Pastor’s fascination with art began at very early age. He was born in Surrey in 1946. His mother was English and his father Austrian.

“My earliest memories are of filling drawing books, certainly from the age of three or four years old,” he explains, “So I suppose I've been an artist from almost the day I was born.

“Even as a young child I loved art and illustration. I would spend hours admiring the Dan Dare comic strips, particularly the centre-spreads in The Eagle comic that were the technological marvels of the time.”

Terry left school at 15 and worked for three years in a commercial art studio in Fleet Street, London. A self-taught artist, it was here that he discovered and mastered the use of the airbrush, which was to become the principal technique for most of his career.

At the time of the Ziggy Stardust cover, Terry would meet David Bowie in the West End, Soho or in a pub near his studio. “David would go completely unrecognised,” Terry recalls. “But, following the release of Ziggy Stardust he became a mega-star and would get mobbed if he appeared anywhere in public.”

The Artists Gallery is a social enterprise that provides training and work opportunities for people with a disability. The gallery is the exclusive Scottish agent for the world's leading suppler of signed limited edition album fine art.

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