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Goldie NPG P2065 Portrait Print

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© Simon Frederick / National Portrait Gallery

by Simon Frederick 

Born to a Scottish mother and Jamaican father, Goldie grew up in children's homes and foster care. He was given the nickname 'Goldielocks' for his dreadlocks when he joined a breakdance crew called Bboys. At the age of sixteen, he returned to live with his mother on an estate in Walsall and, over the following year, became one of the most accomplished graffiti artists in the UK. This earned him an appearance in the hip-hop documentary film Bombin' (1988), after which the film-makers took Goldie to New York, where he formed a mentor-mentee relationship with influential American street artist Brim Fuentes. He moved to Miami, earning a living making and selling gold tooth caps, before returning to London in 1990 with a new musical ambition. Goldie quickly became a pioneer of jungle music with his acclaimed albums Timeless (1994) and Saturnz Return (1998) , which combine hardcore beat, hip-hop, funk and reggae. He launched drum and bass record label Metalheadz in 1994 and has worked with artists as diverse as Björk and David Bowie. Goldie has also made forays into the world of acting, with roles in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999) and BBC soap drama Eastenders (2001-2). He is the recipient of two honorary degrees and an MBE for his services to music and young people. He co-wrote his autobiography, Nine Lives, with Paul Gorman in 2002 and, in 2017, published the memoir All Things Remembered.

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Extra small 102mm x 153mm

Small 297mm x 210mm 

Medium 483mm x 329mm

Large 615mm x 432mm

Medium Canvas Shortest edge 297mm

Images are printed in their original proportions, within a white border, on the paper of your choice. Please note that a copyright line is included beneath the image (except on the Extra Small Photo, Medium Matt Fine Art and Canvas options) and the dimensions listed above are for the paper size only.

The Photo paper has a semi-gloss finish, ideally suited to reproductions of photographs, while the Art paper has a matt textured surface that works particularly well for reproductions of drawings, etchings and some paintings.

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