Genesis Publications unveil three special Syd Barrett/Mick Rock portraits
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Syd Barrett portraits by Mick Rock - special Genesis Publications set of three (2009)"He seems tense, suspended. He treads through time and space very gingerly. Thin and pale, with eyes still shocked by it all, he looks like a poet of old. The wasted, ephemeral beauty of a Keats." So wrote Mick Rock of Pink Floyd's founder member, Syd Barrett, in Rolling Stone magazine. The year was 1971 and it would prove to be Syd Barrett's last ever photo shoot, which recently appeared in Mick's "Psychedelic Renegades" book (first as a deluxe limited edition by Genesis Publications, then as a standard edition from Plexus).

As part of Genesis' 35th anniversary celebrations, Mick has hand-selected three portraits from that legendary last session to be reproduced as large-format, hand-signed and numbered, limited edition art prints [click thumbnail to the left] available now exclusively to Genesis subscribers, sales of which will benefit the Syd Barrett Fund.

In honour of Syd's creative and innovative genius, and in celebration of Mick's past Genesis editions (Psychedelic Renegades, Moonage Daydream, and Killer Queen), each photograph has been dramatically screen printed in black ink on to aluminium.

Suitable for framing, only 65 of each of the 11x14 inch screenprints will ever be made. The three portraits are produced from the negative for the first time, are not available as prints anywhere else and have been selected by Mick himself.

For a limited time only the portraits are available individually, priced at £495, or as a complete set for £1,200 (plus p&p). However, if you already own, or purchase a copy of one of Mick Rock's Genesis editions, each print will be available at a reduced price of £395 individually - or £950 for the complete set (plus p&p).

The Syd Barrett Fund – a charity that helps to raise money for arts projects for mental health patients – is receiving a donation from the sale of every print, which is entirely fitting, and a great cause.

For more details, additional pictures, and ordering information, visit the website.