The '16 covers' I did for Gilles at the beginning of the year have finally made it off the computer screen and onto a wall. Jean Claude at If Music has kindly given me some space to exhibit some work.
The covers are based on the eclectic mix that 'we' all love. Jazz, Folk, Hip Hop, Electonic, New and Old. While they look simple they're bloody hard to put together and took weeks of pain!
The 16 images work as one piece but also work in isolation. The order in which they appear also took many hours of shuffling.
While 'uploading' the images to the wall on Monday night (using a step ladder and spirit level!) I enjoyed the banter as JC and Aaron played Quiz Masters to the poor punters who were desperately trying to 'Name The Covers'. "Marvin Gaye? Nah you fool, and I thought you knew your music!". "Swedish, Jazz, Two blokes who like wearing womens clothes, C'mmon Dude S'easy"
Joking aside, it's important that people continue to respect and value the art in record covers, especially in the age of the MP3.
While my site (and new store!) is being updated, the work will be available to buy in the shop. So if you're passing, drop-in and test your knowledge, and buy some records while you're there!
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