Shortwave Café has two exhibitions on this month that complement each other remarkably well. Upstaged, by photographer Fizz is a close up and personal look at musicians and celebrities when they are at ease and in their private space backstage, where they are comfortable with Fizz buzzing around with her camera, writes Michael Holland. 

Upstaged also has action shots of performers on stage, including Beyoncé and The Libertines, with Libertines front man Pete Doherty featuring in dressing room shots as well.

Of course, there are also posed photos of those that like to pose, and the venue was blessed by their presence for the launch: the photographed posing by their photograph to be photographed, as it were.

In the main section was an exhibition of paintings of iconic rock stars by Dan Martin. After the success of his 2017 exhibition Martin returns to Shortwave Cafe with 14 expressive studies in this show titled Cult Rock. 

Combining his love of art and music he has produced a series of iconic portraits including Lennon, Dylan, Morrison, Hendrix, Bowie and others who can get away with using one name. The eye-catching artworks are all created with thick paint laid on with heavy, painterly brush strokes that add depth and feeling. 

Perhaps no other two exhibitions were better suited to share one space.

Cult Rock is on until 29th May. Upstaged until 31st May. 

Shortwave Café, 100 Clements Road, Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

www.danmartinart.com

Main photo: Lucid Pictures