Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 – 1997 is a gallery of obscure and iconic photographs, artifacts and memorabilia from the early years of Oasis.
Chasing The Sun featured Oasis’ first three landmark studio albums – Definitely Maybe, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, and Be Here Now – and many gigs, from London’s 100 Club to the Glastonbury Festival to their era-defining two night stand at Knebworth House in 1996.
Lawrence Watson, who is the curator of the show, is a renowned photographer who shot Oasis several times and worked on Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album in 2011. Watson opened up the exhibit at the Londonewcastle Project Space.
The exhibition ran for only 12 days starting on April 11th, and included unseen images from the photographers who had a bird’s-eye view of the band, including Jill Furminovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins, and Jamie Fry.
Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher and original rhythm guitar player, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs showed up for the opening night. Bonehead tells NME it was pretty emotional to see the exhibit.
“I spoke to Paul Slattery, who’s got a lot of pictures up, and me and Liam gave him big hugs and made plans to catch up,” says Bonehead. “We looked at each other and went, ‘Is it really 20 years ago?’ Mental, man – time flies.”
The exhibit displayed some iconic instruments that were on the early albums as well as having vintage merchandise, artifacts from the album sleeves and rarely seen early audio-visual content.
Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 – 1997 opened up 20 years to the day the band released their first single, Supersonic on April 11th, 1994. It is also the first ever exhibition that’s dedicated exclusively to Oasis.
Oasis is in the middle of re-releasing their first three studio albums of their recording career in various music formats. At this time, it isn’t known if the Chasing The Sun exhibition will ever make another appearance.