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Sting 019

Look closer to find eleven song titles: Walking on the Moon; Wrapped Around Your Finger; Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic; Spirits in the Material World; Message in a Bottle; Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Every Breath You Take; Roxanne; Invisible Sun; Driven to Tears; and King of Pain


Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE was born on the 2nd of October 1951 in Wallsend northeast England. Gordon Sumner’s life started to change the evening a fellow musician in the Phoenix Jazzmen caught sight of his black and yellow striped sweater and decided to re-christen him Sting. Sting paid his early dues playing bass with local outfits The Newcastle Big Band, The Phoenix Jazzmen, Earthrise and Last Exit, the latter of which featured his first efforts at song writing. Last Exit were big in the North East, but their jazz fusion was doomed to fail when punk rock exploded onto the music scene in 1976. Stewart Copeland, drummer with Curved Air, saw Last Exit on a visit to Newcastle and while the music did nothing for him he did recognize the potential and charisma of the bass player. The two hooked up shortly afterwards and within months, Sting had left his teaching job and moved to London.


Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984 and launched a solo career in 1985.

He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music. As a solo musician and a member of the Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for “Every Breath You Take”, three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2002, he received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording. In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014 and was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2017.

With the Police, Sting became one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Solo and with the Police combined, he has sold over 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters. He was 63rd of VH1’s 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine’s 100 greatest musical stars of the 20th century.

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The artwork: 

Each illustration benefits a non-profit fund raiser. The second print of this illustration will be sold in a silent auction to benefit the Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexia.  

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in graphite and prisma colors: Cherry Black and Canary Yellow-for his namesake black and yellow sweater and his music is Cherry and he sings like a Canary; Aqua Marine for the water the Message in a Bottle floated on.
Artist: Tobin Bortner of Bastrop, Texas – drawing done in January of 2019 – ©Tobin Signs/Look Closer Illustrations 

DERIVATIVE Work – photo credit: “Sting goes to Flywheel page 6 (Film Magic)” and “”

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)
11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 50)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
(Free shipping)

Sting 019

Auditioned in a black and yellow striped sweater.


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