Adrian Johnson has been commissioned by the Tour de France and Transport for London to create posters to both commemorate and communicate the great cycling race, as it passes through London. The designs for the two posters can be seen across London as part of of the race wayfinding and other signage, as well as across the transport network. Widely praised as fresh and eye-catching but in the spirit of the great transport posters of the past, Adrian’s designs are also available to buy from the London Transport Museum shop.
Andy Rementer just closed an exhibition of new paintings and drawings at Mondo Cane in New York. Following on from last year’s painting show ‘I Wish I Knew‘, ‘Meet Me Later‘ continues to reveal snapshots of loneliness in the urban landscape; furtive moments of people trying to connect with eachother and the city.
Mat Maitland was commissioned by Tate to create a trailer for their blockbuster exhibition of 2014, Matisse: The Cut-Outs. Working with animator Paul Plowman, Mat created a short that evokes Matisse’s working process later in life, when he began ‘carving in colour’ with scissors. The exhibition runs until 7 September.
Secret 7s – the charity record fair that gives music fans the chance to pick up a unique 7″ vinyl artwork by a world-famous artist, designer or unknown upstart returned again this year – culminating in a hugely impressive exhibition and the sale of all singles going direct to War Child. Seven hundred one-of-a-kind record covers were created for this year’s event, by a choice line up of names including Sir Paul Smith, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Fred Deakin, Dan Tobin Smith and Big Active. Contributors were invited to create an artwork inspired by a song – and each record offered for sale for £45 on Record Store Day. Buyers don’t actually know who’s created the sleeve or which song they’ve purchased until they’ve handed over their money. This years songs were: Black Sabbath, Age Of Reason; Elbow, Grounds For Divorce; Jake Bugg, Strange Creatures; Lorde, Team; Massive Attack, Karmacoma; Roxy Music, Virginia Plain; and T-Rex, Get It On.
The sleeves by Big Active artists are revealed here….
Matt Furie was invited by Darren Aronofsky to be part of an exhibition to accompany the film director’s latest movie, Noah. Alongside FAILE, James Jean, and other artists, Matt created Animal Planet (above) for the exhibition, which launched in New York and is currently touring the United States. As Aronofsky explains, ‘I was curious what other minds would come up with if they tried to represent the original (Noah’s ark) story. So I decided to reach out to my favorite artists and ask each of them to return to Genesis and create something in his or her own medium. The response was overwhelming.’
Big Active Creative Director and lifelong MJ fan, Mat Maitland, has created the cover for the new Michael Jackson album ‘Xscape’. Mat explains, “I really wanted to create an image of Michael that felt current, like a brand new album, rather than something that felt retrospective and it was important to me to evoke his magic and otherworldly presence.” The album, containing 8 previously unreleased songs produced by the likes of Timbaland and Stargate, is out on May 13. See more
From spending his art classes at school creating fantasy record covers for Prince, Big Active Design’s Mat Maitland achieved his life long dream of designing the real thing for his new single Fallinlove2nite. The cover features an image created by Mat in his signature collage style. Welcome to the Dream Factory.
Anthony Burrill has just released a limited edition nine-colour screenprint with Jealous Gallery. The print is Anthony’s most ambitious to date, using half-tones, colour merges and fluorescent inks. To coincide with the release, Anthony reposted the original 2006 animation that inspired the print, Michelle Plays Ping Pong. It was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has generated 150,000 views in a week.