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Alan Aldridge

27 novembre 2008

Alan Aldridge is a UK artist. Born in 1943 in East London, he currently resides in Los Angeles. During the 1960s and 1970s he was responsible for a great many album covers, and helped create the graphic style of that era. He designed a series of science fiction book covers for Penguin Books.

Alan Aldridge Photo

Alan Aldridge Photo

He made a big impression with his illustrations for the Beatles Illustrated Song lyrics. He also provided illustrations for “The Penguin Book of Comics”, a history of British and American comic art.

The Penguin Book of Comics

The Penguin Book of Comics

His work was characterised by a flowing, cartoony style and soft airbrushing – very much in step with the psychedelic styles of the times. In the theatre, in February 1969 he designed the graphics for controversial Jane Arden (director) Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven at the London Arts Laboratory, Drury Lane.

He is possibly best known, however, for the picture book The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast (1973), a series of illustrations of anthropomorphic insects and other creatures, which he created in collaboration with William Plomer, who wrote the accompanying verses. This was based on William Roscoe‘s poem of the same name, but was inspired when Aldridge read that John Tenniel had told Lewis Carroll it was impossible to draw a wasp in a wig.

Aldridge also created the artwork for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John in 1975.

 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Alan was interviewed in a BBC Man Alive documentary on the upward mobility of working class people, transmitted on 10 May 1967[1].

“Aldridge was the ‘Guv’nor’………..no one comes close to matching his influence on illustration in the 20th Century!…..”Sir John Betjeman – Times Literary Review. 1975

The ships cat

The ship's cat

Other works

The Beatles in Aldrige art

The Beatles in Aldrige art

 Light Grenades

Light Grenades

Incubus/”Dig” Pencils Alan Aldridge

References

  1. ^Man Alive“, BBC (1967-05-10). Retrieved on 25 April 2008.

External links

George Harrison by Alan Aldridge

George Harrison by Alan Aldridge

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