Gilson Lavis started to play the drums at the age of 12 and was one of the original members of Squeeze – they toured the world and had a number of chart successes, including Cool for Cats, Up The Junction and Take Me I’m Yours.
Since the 1990s he has been performing with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and originally it was just the two of them.
For the past eight or nine years Gilson has sketched and painted portraits, working in acrylics on a white canvas.
He has painted artists he has worked with, friends and musicians he admires.
His paintings sell “quite well” at various galleries and in exhibitions. He has just sold a portrait of Prince to percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who already has some of his work.
There is a selling exhibition of Gilson’s work in the Hatch Gallery, Christchurch, Dorset, from September 2 to 29, when he will be showing portraits of many superstars and some 1980s greats.
Drummers contains a selection of Gilson’s portraits of some of the drumming greats, with short biographies and suggested listening.