'Album covers as artworks' seller Art Vinyl has announces the winner of its Best Art Vinyl 2009 prize with the Muse album The Resistance taking first place, Manic Street Preachers’ Journal For Plague Lovers coming second and Fever Ray’s self titled album coming third.

The 2009 winners display a diverse mix of art and design with the Muse album’s intense graphic work from the studios of La Boca, to the striking Jenny Saville painting used to great effect on the Manic Street Preachers’ sleeve to the very detailed illustration work of Martin Ander on the Fever Ray cover.




"2009 has been a particularly fantastic year for the award," says Andrew Heeps, Art Vinyl’s director, "as we have seen lots of new talent mixing with some of the well known names of the sleeve design and the art world such as the Tom Hingston Studio, Farrow Design, Designers Republic, Rankin, Damian Hirst and Jenny Saville.

"Some of the sleeves have also required whole teams for the design such as for Florence and the Machine album who’s credits include Tabitha Denholm, Hugh Frost, Tom Beard and Orlando Weeks for their respective work as Art Director, Layout Designer, Photographer and Illustrator for just that one sleeve."

Previous winners include the Fleet Foxes’ self titled album, The Cribs’ Man’s Needs, Woman’s Needs, Whatever, Hard-Fi’s Stars of CCTV and Thom Yorke’s The Eraser in what has been a great year for the vinyl format.

From Jan 5th the Best Art Vinyl 2010 the winners will be featured in exhibitions at The Art Vinyl Gallery, Basement level, Selfridges London, Rough Trade East, London, Snap Galleries in Birmingham, and Georges House Gallery in Folkestone.