Antidote Art Collaborate with Lumbers Jewellers to bring new Playboy Collection to Leicester

Leicestershire based Art Gallery, Antidote Art, have teamed up with the city’s established prestige Jewellers, Lumbers Jewellers, to launch a new collection by acclaimed British artist, Simon Claridge. The artist has joined forces with iconic global brand Playboy, to launch the exquisite artwork which pays homage to some of the magazine’s most iconic cover images. Fine Art publishers, Washington Green Fine Art in collaboration with Antidote Art and Lumbers Jewellers, held a launch event at Lumbers luxurious premises on High Street, in the city centre last Thursday. The new collection features six cover images dating from 1967-1982 which Claridge handpicked after being granted rare access to the Playboy archives. Antidote Art are the only gallery outside of London where Simon has made a special appearance for the exhibition launch of the series of limited edition silkscreen prints. These have all been hand signed by the artist and embellished with Claridge’s signature ‘diamond dust’ finish. Today, Claridge has garnered international acclaim for his fine art interpretations of iconic figures on silkscreen, including female stars such as Twiggy, Bardot, and Marilyn - and Leicester have certainly made a statement in being able to exhibit such iconic work. Sara Lovatt, Founder and Gallery Manager of Antidote Art, said: “Playboy is one of the most instantly recognisable brands in the world and Simon’s new collection pays homage to this bastion of popular culture. “Playboy’s recent announcement to no longer feature nudity within the pages of its magazine reinforces Claridge’s approach to this new collection which focuses on a range of vintage cover images from the 1960s through to 1980s. “We are so honoured to be able to work with Simon, in exhibiting this collection and bringing it to Leicester.” Claridge, who was signed by Birmingham based fine art publishers Washington Green Fine Art in 2005 – joining its diverse portfolio of innovative contemporary artists – said: “Playboy, to me, represents so many firsts… It’s progressive, revolutionary…I cannot emphasise enough the reach and scope of Playboy’s influence. “Andy Warhol is the primary influence in my career; he famously created a Playboy cover cementing the relationship between Playboy and Pop Art, and paving the way for artists like me. I am so proud that my diamond dust collection is to be part of Playboy's lineage in 20th century culture.” The new images are available to buy from Antidote Art, 31 High Street Lutterworth from Thursday 10th March 2016. The new collection consists of six new images available in both silk screen on paper and silkscreen on canvas. Prices start from £995, and portfolio sets are also available. For more information, please see: or contact