The Fall frontman Mark E Smith was left so underwhelmed by a portrait of
himself in a gallery, he demanded the offending artwork be taken down
The cult rocker is one of a collection of celebrity caricatures, including
David Bowie and Jack Nicholson, by local artist ANDY PARRY being exhibited in
the KRO 2 gallery in Manchester, England.
But when Mancunian Smith visited the exhibition with some of his bandmates
he took an immediate dislike to his likeness.
The Fall bassist STEVE TRAFFORD says, "Mark just found it offensive. He
felt that it didn't look like him, thought it was grotesque and wanted it taken
down. Some of the staff took it down on the night."
But Kro 2 owner MARK RUBY has confirmed the offending painting is now back
on show in the gallery: "We did take it down on the night because we don't want
to make arguments with customers but we've since put it back up again.
"I don't understand it. By their very nature caricatures are not
flattering but there are some big stars up there with him.
"He's probably the least well-known and his picture is the biggest. It's a
homage to him, not a mickey take."