The first ever solo show of paintings by late musician Ian Dury has recently opened at the Royal College Of Art.

Dury is best known as the charismatic front man of The Blockheads, the British punk pioneers, whose single 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' reached number one in 1979. He is a cult musical hero, but Dury's artistic career is much less well known. This retrospective is the first time the majority of his artwork has been shown in public.

Dury who died of cancer in 2000, studied at the Royal College of Art for three years, between 1963 and 1966.

Once saying that, "Getting in to the RCA was the only thing I've aspired to in my life." He developed a strong Pop Art aesthetic that was very in keeping with contemporary art in London at the time; using bold colours, stencilled text and found images of celebrities and cultural icons. Dury was once taught by Pop Art icon Peter Blake and the two remained close friends through Dury's life, his influence is clear to see.

  • Princess Rockerberty, acrylic and sequins, 1969

The 30 artworks on show at the RCA were all painted between 1961-1972, before Dury formed his first band Kilburn and The High Roads. He had briefly worked as a freelance illustrator, contributing drawings to The Sunday Times Magazine and designing album covers for Frank Sinatra and Vera Lynn. However he gave it all up in 1971 when his music career started to take off. He had an obsessive work ethic but devoted all of his creative energy to songwriting.

This exhibition has been curated by Dury’s daughter Jemima, who spend two years collecting together the paintings and drawings on display from friends, family, collectors and dealers. She securing financial backing through a Kickstarter campaign and donations also came from members of the Blockheads, actor Andy Serkis and pop star Robbie Williams.

Ian Dury, More Than Fair – Paintings, Drawings and Artworks, 1961-1972 is free, at the Royal College of Art, until 1st September 2013.