Last Friday, Art Vinyl together with Belgraves Hotel, Belgravia, revealed the winner of Best Art Vinyl 2015.
Chosen from 50 nominated records, covering a complete range of creative disciplines, including traditional fine art, photography, sculpture and computer graphics, the winners display a diverse mix of techniques with strikingly beautiful photographic and digitally enhanced designs.
In first place… David Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock
The concept and production for David Gilmour’s cover was created by The Creative Corporation, art directed by Dave Stansbie in collaboration with Aubrey Powell from the legendary Hipgnosis design studio, who produced album covers for the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and T Rex during the 60s, 70s and 80s
“Myself, team and all collaborators involved in the project are thrilled with the Best Art Vinyl 2015 award,” said Stansbie, the winning designer. “It’s the icing on the cake for what has been an amazing year for my studio. It was a pleasure to be in such great company, alongside so much creative talent, which proves that this incredibly important art form is still very much alive and spinning.”
David Gilmour added, “I am thrilled that the artwork to Rattle That Lock has received the Art Vinyl award. I’d like to offer my congratulations and thanks to Dave Stansbie and the team at The Creative Corporation for the brilliant work that they have done for me. It’s a thrill to see vinyl making a comeback and the return of the opportunities that the larger format offers.”
In second place… Drenge’s Undertow
Drenge designer, Matthew Cooper said, “Delighted at the success of Drenge’s Undertow album cover – it was a real collaborative effort, between the band’s initial concept, the photographer Donald Milne and myself. And so nice to be included in such a great celebration of the album sleeve.”
In third place… Tame Impala’s Currents
Designed by Robert Beatty.
With 2015 sales of vinyl growing faster than any other music format, the Best Art Vinyl Award continually demonstrates how this annual snapshot of record cover design has captured the imagination of the tens of thousands of vinyl loving voters, expressing their views on the best vinyl artwork for the year.
“This is the first year such an established artist’s record has won Best Art Vinyl,” said founder Andrew Heeps, “but notably the design team have historically been responsible for so many iconic sleeve designs and their talent and creativity to match the musicians’ wishes clearly shone through. It’s interesting that two of the top three are conceptual compositions, using photography as the core of the design and all three use digital design skills to great effect, showing that designers are using all tools available to them throughout the creative process.
We believe this is a unique art prize that really taps into popular culture, as the created artwork is used to not just sell the product but to enhance the listeners’ over all experience.”
The Best Art Vinyl 2015 records are currently presented as a window installation at the Belgraves Hotel, London Belgravia.
Best Art Vinyl 2015 Winners Exhibitions
January 2016 – Mono Art & Design, Budapest HUNGARY
May 2016 – HIGH END®, MOC, Munich GERMANY (2016)
Read more on the creation of the David Gilmour sleeve in our earlier feature, Best Art Vinyl 2015: Voting Now Open!