March artist Michelle has a night among the stars at VIP evening to celebrate music icon

Michelle Deyna-Hayward, Gill and Stephen Jones attend the Remembering Steve Strange Party, Cafe Roya

Michelle Deyna-Hayward, Gill and Stephen Jones attend the Remembering Steve Strange Party, Cafe Royal, London 2015 - Credit: Archant

March artist Michelle Deyna-Hayward was among the guests at a star-studded evening held to celebrate the life of new-romantic 80s icon Steve Strange.

Michelle was there to watch her portrait of the Visage front-man presented to his mother Gillian Harrington.

The presentation of the original artwork was made by Stephen Jones at the Private Members Club at Cafe Royal Hotel in London last Saturday (26).

The VIP invitation-only event was held to celebrate the life of Steve Strange who was remembered as the iconic and visionary leader of the New Romantic era of fashion, music and club revolution.

Michelle explained: “My painting ‘Never Fade to Grey’ is my tribute to Steve Strange and his iconic Top Ten hit, with the group Visage and his never to be forgotten contribution to modern popular British culture.

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“The design encapsulates Steve’s circle, of a life truly lived to the full. From Newbridge to Rhyl to the decadence of the Blitz Kids in the elitist wine bar The Blitz, to the lyrics of his top ten hit with Visage, ‘Fade to Grey’.”

Michelle has personally signed 10 limited edition prints, each finished in a bespoke frame with non-reflective glass, which are available to purchase along with a limited edition of signed T-shirts.

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A contribution of the sales will go to ‘The Steve Strange Collective’ a charity that has been formed by Steve’s mother, sister and PA.​

Michelle added: “What a time it is for me at the moment: 50 this year and a week ago my work featured in the New Camden Journal, West End Extra and Islington Gazette but nothing prepared me for the interest since last Saturday evening.

“I have been approached by media manager and global branding expert, Stephen Mahoney and it would appear that my exhibition of celebrity portraits will be held in Mayfair imminently.”

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