Thank Your Lucky Stars (Buddy Holly 1936-59)
By Henry Kondracki

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Printmaking
Subject Matter
People
Reg. Number
G1499
Size
64 x 57 cm
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This print presents a striking image of an old-fashioned black-and-white television set, which is showing a performance from the pop music show "Thank Your Lucky Stars". The show was broadcast between 1961 and 1966, and the musicians' appearance and clothing would place their performance towards the start of that period.

The singer depicted resembles Buddy Holly, but as he died in 1959 the resemblance is generic, rather than recording a specific appearance on the show. The look of early television sets owed much to the appearance of radios from the period, as seen in the set shown here with its heavy Bakelite frame and sound grille.

Henry Kondracki was born in Edinburgh in 1953, to a Polish father and a Scottish mother, and studied at Slade School of Fine Art in London between 1982 and 1986. He exhibits widely in the UK and overseas and his work is in several notable collections. His characteristic preoccupation is with the street life of his native city, painting familiar scenes which make one think twice about Edinburgh, provoking thoughts, memories and emotions. His impressionistic depictions are often humanised by the featuring of a lone figure or a couple, engaging in their typical activities within the scenes.

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