UFO Coming (June 1967) - Hapshash - Signed by Nigel Waymouth
Artist: Nigel Waymouth
Edition: This is a Limited Edition Silk Screen Print of 80.
Print Type: Silkscreen on 300gsm Somerset Satin
Size: 75 x 50 cm
Coming was printed for the upcoming UFO gig at the time. The Liverpool Love Festival showcasing Liverpool’s finest poet’s, Andy Roberts, Mike Evans, Adrian Henri and Roger McGough, championed by the broadcaster John Peel. Also appearing were the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and The Soft Machine.
About the Artist
Nigel Waymouth, as a part of the influential design collective Hapshash and the Coloured Coat alongside Michael English, is renowned for representing 1960s counter-culture and its ideals of free-spiritedness, radicalism and non-conformity.
Posters for the legendary UFO club included icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Who, Soft Machine andThe Incredible String Band. The posters, a mix of avant-garde and art nouveau, would come to be the visual definition of psychedelia forevermore. Having studied Economic History at University College London, as well as art at several London colleges, Waymouth worked as a freelance journalist before opening Granny Takes A Trip, a boutique on Kings Road, with his girlfriend Sheila Cohen and John Pearse, a Savile Row-trained tailor, in 1966.
Besides selling Edwardian and antique clothes, they also sold their own designs. Soon, bands such as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Cream andPink Floyd were wearing their clothes. In 1966, Waymouth and English were introduced by Joe Boyd and John “Hoppy” Hopkins, co-founders of the UFO club on Tottenham Court Road. Boyd explains: “They never met each other and we basically locked them in a room and said ‘Come out with a poster!’ and they came up with the best thing they ever did.” The partnership would both define and launch an entirely new art market: the sale of commercial posters as art.
By 1967, Waymouth and English had established themselves as one of the most progressive design collectives of the time. Predominant in all the fashionable circles, their psychedelic yet romantic style soon became a familiar trademark. Together, they continued to produce posters and album covers for several years, building around themselves a culture that embraced not only art and design, but also music, lifestyle and fashion.