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Contemporary artist Martin Smith - better known by his alter ego, JubeJube - has a penchant for the iconic. His work is crafted around famous faces, reproducing the likes of Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss in dappled, painterly style. His recent series focuses on late greats of the music world, which he has immortalised in stained glass designs: powerful tributes which are not only aesthetically captivating but sacred and symbolic, filled with a bygone reverence that well befits the iconic figures. ‘Jimi’ depicts none other than Jimi Hendrix, reimagined as a saintly icon against a fiery stained glass window. Smith has furnished Hendrix with a pair of devilish angel wings, but has left him standing nonchalantly at the gates of good and bad, surrounded by cherubs bearing fender picks and a floating banner which reads a lyric from Hendrix’s infamous Purple Haze. ‘Jimi’ is a clever comment on the iconic: in a spiritual twist, Smith has merged the celebrity icon with religious iconography and, in so doing, has left his own, iconic stamp on the art world.