Memorable album covers catch the eye, dribble it around a little, and then snap it back into place, forever skewed. They can be funny, gross, shocking, stunning, or just plain wrong. They can define artists. That being said, I present to you…
Born September 11, 1968 – Essex, England.
1987 – North Essex College of Art.
1988 – 1991 – Exeter College of Art.
Currently lives and works in Essex, England.
51st Grammy Awards: Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for art direction on
Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ album.
44th Grammy Awards: Best Recording Packaging for art direction on Radiohead’s,
‘Amnesiac Special Limited Edition’ album.
1994 – now Artwork for Radiohead, includes all record sleeves, website merchandise, etc.
Stanley Donwood is the pen name of English artist and writer Dan Rickwood. Donwood is known for his close association with the British rock groupRadiohead, having created all their album and poster art.
Donwood is an enigma. His work on Radiohead’s albums and all associated artwork has gained him worldwide recognition. Since 1994, having designed all artwork from the second album ‘The Bends’ onwards, his evocative and haunting imagery has helped to create one of music’s most distinctive brands. In 2006, the release of Thom Yorke’s ‘Eraser’ record brought Donwood’s very distinctive artwork
‘London Views’ into the public eye once again.
Stanley Donwood, is the man responsible for all of Radiohead’s album covers as mentioned above. From The Bends (album cover – 1995) along with most of the band’s artwork to this present day. From the bare, bleak OK Computer album cover to the vibrant shots of color that spray over In Rainbows, Donwood has helped to capture all the alienation and intensity of one of the most celebrated bands of all time.
Plus: Without him, there would be no Radiohead Bear.
THE BENDS (1995)
OK COMPUTER (1997)
IN RAINBOWS (2007)
(The Radiohead Bear is used to illustrate the artwork of Stanley Donwood and Thom Yorke, which was used extensively by Radiohead. The image is representative of the style of the artists, and is an iconic, widely distributed and highly recognisable logo of the band)