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2 of 3 portraits of Gary Kemp

Band Aid, by Brian Aris, 1984 - NPG x87846 - © Brian Aris

© Brian Aris

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Band Aid

by Brian Aris
bromide fibre print, 1984
11 3/8 in. x 22 1/8 in. (290 mm x 561 mm)
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x87846

Artistback to top

  • Brian Aris (1946-), Photographer. Artist of 10 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Sittersback to top

  • Robert ('Kool') Bell (1951-), Musician; bassist for Kool and The Gang. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sir Peter Thomas Blake (1932-), Painter. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
  • Bono (Paul David Hewson) (1960-), Musician; singer for U2. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Peter Briquette (1954-), Musician; member of The Boomtown Rats. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Adam Charles Clayton (1960-), Musician; bassist for U2. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Philip David Charles ('Phil') Collins (1951-), Singer, musician, songwriter and member of 'Genesis'. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Chris Cross (Christopher Allen) (1952-), Musician; guitarist for Ultravox. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Simon Crowe (1948-), Musician; drummer for The Boomtown Rats. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sarah Dallin (1961-), Singer for Bananarama. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Siobhan Fahey (1959-), Singer; member of Shakespears Sister. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Johnny Fingers (1956-), Musician, founder and pianist for The Boomtown Rats. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Bob Geldof (1954-), Singer; Boomtown Rats and organiser of Band Aid, Live Aid and Sports Aid. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • Glenn Gregory (1958-), Singer; member of Heaven 17. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Tony Hadley (1960-), Musician; member of Spandau Ballet. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • John Keeble (1959-), Musician; member of Spandau Ballet. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Gary Kemp (1959-), Pop musician and actor; member of Spandau Ballet. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Martin Kemp (1961-), Pop musician and actor; member of Spandau Ballet. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Simon Le Bon (1958-), Musician, singer and songwriter for 'Duran Duran'. Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Marilyn (Peter Robinson) (1962-), Singer. Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) (1963-2016), Singer; member of Wham. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • Jonathan Aubrey ('Jon') Moss (1957-), Musician; drummer for Culture Club. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Steve Norman (1960-), Musician; member of Spandau Ballet. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Rick Parfitt (Richard Harrison) (1948-2016), Singer and musician; guitarist for Status Quo. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Nick Rhodes (Nicholas James Bates) (1962-), Musician; keyboardist for Duran Duran. Sitter in 6 portraits.
  • Francis Rossi (1949-), Singer and musician; founding member of Status Quo. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner) (1951-), Musician, singer and actor; member of The Police. Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • Andy Taylor (1961-), Musician; bass guitarist for Duran Duran. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • James ('J.T.') Taylor (1953-), Singer and guitarist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • John Taylor (1960-), Musician; bass guitarist for Duran Duran. Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • Roger Taylor (1960-), Musician; drummer for Duran Duran. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • Dennis ('D.T.') Thomas (1951-), Musician, saxophonist for Kool & The Gang. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • James ('Midge') Ure (1953-), Singer and musician; member of Slik, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultra Vox and The Rich Kids. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Martyn Ware (1956-), Musician; songwriter and member of The Human League and Heaven 17. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Jody Watley (1959-), Singer, songwriter and producer, founder of Aviton Records. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Paul Weller (John William Weller) (1958-), Musician, songwriter and member of 'The Jam' and 'The Style Council'. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • Keren Woodward (1961-), Singer for Bananarama. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Paul Young (1956-), Singer and musician. Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

A colour version of this image (with sitter key) was used on the back of the charity Christmas single release of 'Do They Know It's Christmas Time'.

Events of 1984back to top

Current affairs

The Provisional IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton where various politicians, including the Prime Minister, where staying for the annual Conservative Party conference. The bomb killed five people including a conservative MP, but no members of the cabinet. Thatcher began the next session of the conference the following morning at 9.30 as planned saying: 'all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.'

Art and science

Dr Alec Jeffreys discovers that patterns in an individual's DNA can be identified and that each person has a unique 'genetic fingerprint'. The technique was soon utilised by forensic scientists to help in criminal investigations, and in order to identify human remains, for paternity testing, and to match organ donors.
Ted Hughes is appointed poet Laureate.


Ethiopia suffers severe drought and famine. The Ethiopian government responded by uprooting large numbers of peasants in the worst affected areas and by setting up new villages for the displaced people. However, the planned villages were frequently poorly equipped and many people chose to flee rather than acquiesce with government plans leading to further decline in food production and bringing the total death toll to over 1 million.

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