Astronaut album cover wins Best Art Vinyl Award 2013Featured Sunday, January 5th, 2014
An oil painting of an astronaut, featured on the cover of British-indie rock band White Lies’ third studio album has been awarded the 2013 Best Art Vinyl award. The album named ‘Big TV’ was released in August 2013. This is the second space-based design to win a prize for the year’s best album artwork.
‘Pilot 2’ – the oil painting on the ‘Big TV’ cover is a 2010 work of New York City artist Michael Kagan. It was judged by members of the public as the most creative and well-designed artwork of the year from amongst those presented.
“From the beginning, the band was very sincere and I could tell immediately how connected they felt to the painting and how it was important for them to use it,” says Kagan. He added that it has been a very exciting experience for him to see his artwork used in this way. “I have really enjoyed how involved the band has wanted me to be. We spent some time together in NYC, and after seeing the show, I could see how the painting had really become a symbol of the band and the new album,” he said.
Art Vinyl promotes record covers as art and is now in its ninth year. The winning design is chosen by public votes after a short-listing of 50 designs nominated by a judging panel of leading music and design experts.
The founder of the Best Art Vinyl Award, Andrew Heeps commented that it was interesting to see that the public prefers such a traditional artistic technique as oil on canvas to associate with music. “Over a quarter of vinyl records are now sold as wall art,” he added.
Second place in the 2013 awards was Paul Jackson’s design for Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip’s hip-hop record ‘Repent Replenish Repeat’. In third place was Leif Podhajsky’s design for Bonobo’s record ‘North Borders’.