by Matt Bishop | February 15, 2016
Last night, Rick Allen, drummer of the iconic hard rock band Def Leppard, held a public showcase of his latest art collection – Angels & Icons – exclusively at Wentworth Galleries in King of Prussia, PA. The extraordinary collection houses originals, limited editions, mixed media originals and sculptures.
Allen mingled with fans, took photos, and signed autographs. Those who purchased pieces of his art got a special private meet-and-greet with Allen where he signed the piece and chatted with it’s new owners. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Def Leppard fans and avid art lovers alike.
A portion of the proceeds from each and every sale during the event will be donated back to Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, sponsored by his charity foundation the Raven Drum Foundation, and each purchaser will receive a limited edition hand-signed Commemorative Purple Heart piece.
“Music, art and photography have been passions of mine since I was a boy and now I am bringing these artistic expressions to life with paint and canvas,” Allen states. “My life has been a journey of transformation and my art is a reflection of the many facets of dreams and perceptions that have shaped me to be the person I am today.”
“Each piece has a story and a connection to my life from my roots in England, my life changing car accident, journey to America, travels around the globe and to my deep connection to Wounded Warriors and their struggle to heal. The collection of Union Jacks, Angels, Hearts and Flags express messages of hope, transcendence and the human condition. The colorful pop art renditions of Victorian Phone Booths in London are created as metaphors of human communication and our need for soulful connection.”
Def Leppard have been rocking now for 35 years. They have sold in excess of 100 million albums worldwide. In 1983 and 1987, the band released back-to-back masterpieces – Pyromania and Hysteria. Both albums are now certified diamond. This summer, the band will hit the road once again with Styx and Tesla for a U.S. tour.