Tonight marks the announcement of the Best Art Vinyl winners for 2016.
Every year the competition celebrates multi-disciplinary creative work from an international pool of illustrators and designers, using the 12-inch canvas sleeve as a platform to fuse both art and music.
Coming out on top for 2016 after the public vote is The Last Shadow Puppets’
Everything You’ve Come to Expect album design by Matthew Cooper, followed by Jonathan Barnbrook’s for David Bowie’s Blackstar, and winning third place is Jonathan Zawada’s photo landscapes for Mark Pritchard’s solo album Under the Sun.
The three winners were selected from 50 records nominated by a panel of music design experts and previous Best Art Vinyl Award winners such as Dave Stansbie, Gerard Saint and Richard Robinson.
Image: The Last Shadow Puppets’ Everything You’ve Come to Expect.
The album cover art entails an array of creative disciplines, including fine art, photography and computer graphics with the winners of 2016.
2016's nominees were Markus Baga’s design for White Lies’ Friends album, Roy Nachum’s design for Rihanna’s Anti, and Julien Pacaud’s design for Moon Saloon’s Arc Iris album. It also includes contemporary sleeve designs for the late Leonard Cohen’s last album, and work by Roald Dahl illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.
Image: Nominees for the Best Art Vinyl Awards 2016: Rihanna's Anti, White Lies' Friends, Underworld's Barbara, Barbara we Face a Shining Future and Explosions in the Sky's The Wilderness.
Illustrator and designer Matthew Cooper created the winning cover design for The Last Shadow Puppets’ second album. Matthew has designed album covers for iconic artists such as Paul McCartney, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher.
The cover features a studio portrait of Tina Turner taken by Vogue photographer Jack Robinson in New York in 1969.
“The idea was to move the artwork on from the 60s feel of the first The Last Shadow Puppets album artwork, so here is Tina on the very cusp of the 1970s. Originally shot in Black and white, the tint was added to create an identifiable colour scheme and a warmer, more contemporary feel,” says Matthew.
Blackstar was the late David Bowie’s last album. It’s been discovered that Jonathan Barnbrook’s design of the vinyl sleeve incorporates secret features that are only revealed over time.
If you expose the vinyl art to the light, it reveals the image of a galaxy, and as Jonathan explains to BBC Radio 6, there’s “one big thing which people haven’t discovered yet”.
“Let’s just say, if people find it, they find it, and if they don’t, they don’t. And remember what Bowie said about not explaining everything,” he tells host Mary Ann Hobbs.
Jonathan’s creative studio Barnbrook also designed David Bowie’s
The Next Day, his first album after a 10-year break.
Mark Pritchard’s solo album
Under the Sun, released on Warp Records in May 2016, has been described to incorporate Africa HiTech rhythms, Harmonic 313 beats and traditional folk, incidental music.
This ambience is translated through visual artist Jonathan’s stunning otherworldly CG landscape of sand, sea and mountains.
Now in it’s 12
th year, the Best Vinyl Art Awards winners were chosen by more than 14,000 voting fans.
Founder Andrew Heeps says it’s a welcome return to the mainstream for the humble vinyl record.
“For so many Art Vinyl enthusiasts the format has always been the natural partner to the music.”
Last year’s winning design (as seen in this image) was created by the Hipgnosis design studio under the guidance of The Creative Corporation, art directed by Dave Stansbie. The 12-inch canvas featured a dramatic bird landscape for David Gilmour’s
Rattle That Lock.
Previous winners have included Klaxons’
Surfing the Void, Thom Yorke’s The Eraser from Radiohead contributor Stanley Donwood and work from the 16 th century for The Fleet Foxes eponymous LP, from Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel.
The winners of this year will feature in an exhibition aptly named
12 Years on 12 Inches in London, Barnsley, Finland, Italy and Germany.
All of the designs will form a window installation at the Hari Hotel in London from January 5 to March 31.
You can check out the 50 nominations here .
Image: Dan Hilier’s design for Royal Blood won the Best Vinyl Art Awards in 2014. Here are the winners from 2014 .