Original Album Cover Art

The Artist

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Introducing Rob…

CoverVersions is the culmination of Rob’s lifelong interest in Art, Music, Films and Sport.

Rob wanted to go into album cover design having grown up in an era where the release of a new “album” was one of life’s most important events. Rob (and most of his friends) waited in anticipation to see the album artwork just as much as listen to the music! Most time that patience was rewarded with some fantastic album covers especially those of the 70’s rock band like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ELO, Deep Purple, Rainbow etc. and even the more mainstream musicians and bands brought out some great album covers. Jean Michelle Jarre’s “Oxygene” was a particular catalyst for his inspiration.

Rob’s art influences include Salvador Dali, Alphonse Mucha, Pre-Raphealite’s such a JW Waterhouse, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Sir John Everett Millais. More contemporary favourites include Fabian Perez, Douglass Hoffman  and Rob Hefferan. Rob also specialises in contemporary figurative art and photography.

 

Rob’s artistic inclination has never been far away from him, but having grown up in an era of mass unemployment, parental influences meant studying for a “proper” job. So to get past his caring father he opted for cartography… that’s maps to you and me, it’s also Geography combined with Art! This lead to a successful career in the Oil Industry where moved on from Cartography into IT Service Management working for the Major players such as BP Exploration, ExxonMobil (Esso), ENI Agip, Royal Dutch Shell/BG-Group and a few minor ones too, LASMO and EnCana. He has also worked for Deloitte TTL, UCL,Solvay AS and TeliaSonera.

Art was never far away though and he continued to produce personal pieces for himself, friends, family and some huge party banners. Having designed one album cover whilst at school, his lifelong friend Russ Dennett a rock musician and former member of The Human League asked him to design an album cover for his own offshoot band Deep Down Crazy’s album titled “A Swim in the Ocean” (get a copy it’s ace). A few years later (quite a few in fact!) it was Russ who inspired this venture into giant album artwork when he asked Rob to produce three paintings of giant album covers for his bar “JD’s” near Sheffield. A painting of Madonna’s “True Blue” was the first in that series – now he plans to paint the album covers from his entire vinyl collection.

 

The Story

Rob’s artistic inclination has never been far away from him, but having grown up in an era of mass unemployment, parental influences meant studying for a “proper” job. So to get past his caring father he opted for cartography…that’s maps to you and me, it’s also Geography combined with Art! This lead to a successful career in the Oil Industry where moved on from Cartography into IT Service Management working for the Major players such as BP Exploration, ExxonMobil (Esso), ENI Agip, Royal Dutch Shell/BG-Group and a few minor ones too, LASMO and EnCana.

Art was never far away though and he continued to produce personal pieces for himself, friends, family and some huge party banners. Having designed one album cover whilst at school, his lifelong friend Russ Dennett a rock musician and former member of The Human League asked him to design an album cover for his own offshoot band Deep Down Crazy’s album titled “A Swim in the Ocean” (get a copy it’s ace). A few years later (quite a few in fact!) it was Russ who inspired this venture into giant album artwork when he asked Rob to produce three paintings of giant album covers for his bar “JD’s” near Sheffield. A painting of Madonna’s “True Blue” was the first in that series – now he plans to paint the album covers from his entire vinyl collection.

Exhibitions

Shropshire VAN

Rob is a member of Shropshire VAN, that is Shropshire Visual Art Network.

As the name suggests, VAN is a Network Organisation, it is a Charitable Trust which was founded in 1999.

VAN is based in Shrewsbury, raising the Visual Art profile in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. It give local artists the chance to exhibit their work and raise their profile. At some point in the near future Rob will exhibit at VAN. Look out for the dates which will be posted here.

Upcoming Projects

Latest News

Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend

Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend

In June 2019 I was invited by the Lord Mayor of Shrewsbury, Mr Philip Gillam to contribute one of my giant album cover paintings to his planned "Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend". Consequently I set about selecting a suitable Beatles album cover to recreate in Oils. I chose...

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Imelda Cover Goes Viral

Imelda Cover Goes Viral

In August 2017 I had just completed my giant oil painting of Imelda May's "Life.Love.Flesh.Blood" album cover. I was pretty pleased with it so I thought I would tweet it to her to see if it got a reaction from her. Well nothing happened, then 3 weeks later she...

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Ludlow Talk

Ludlow Talk

While working on an IT project in Lyon, France, late in 2019, I was called by Tresi at Ludlow Art Society and asked if I would give a live talk on my art work. My working title was "Fiiting the space". The talk was scheduled for June 2020. I planned to take along...

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