…before you’ve taken the record out of it’s sleeve or hovered your curser over the candy wrapper thumbnail, the first thing you will be struck by is the album art.
We don’t have to mention Peter Blake or tell you where Andy Warhol stuck his banana, but in the spirit of Gerhard Richter (Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth) and Robert Rauschenberg (Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads) the Cesarians are extremely proud to have not one, but two paintings by the fabulous Jonny Green adorning the front and back covers of their album Pure White Speed.
Jonny Green graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters degree in Fine Art (painting). In the years immediately following art school the artist exhibited extensively both in England and the US, including representing England for the F.I.A.R. Art Prize, an international touring exhibition of the most promising young painters from several different countries. After a break from painting of nearly ten years (during which time he wrote, recorded and released 5 major label albums, toured the world as a musician, wrote 2 short movie soundtracks ((produced by Spike Jonze)) and had his songs used for numerous TV ads), Jonny returned to painting. Recent exhibition highlights have included a museum show ‘Beastly Hall’ at Hall Place in Kent alongside Carsten Höller and Damien Hirst as well as the Nanjing International Art Show in China. In 2015 he has forthcoming exhibitions Ambiguous Practices-Still Life, Aberystwyth University Gallery, Wales and Collection of Small Paintings, The Contemporary, London along with exhibiting as part of Beers Contemporary’s annual Contemporary Visions V exhibition, London, UK
“Jonny Green makes paintings of sculptures… Mad-men rendered crudely in plasticine and electrical tape or abject-looking re-animated brains adorned with filthy paper flowers and grubby clockwork parts. Each depicted object/character seems to be demanding recognition and validation from the viewer in spite of their manifest flaws, they seem to be trying to adorn themselves in an attempt to make their appearance more palatable. In contrast to the gleeful, almost slapdash making of the sculptures, their subsequent rendering in paint is meticulous. Green explains this approach as ‘an attempt to dignify and document or give testament to something that seemingly lacks dignity or a voice’. The resulting paintings are both still-life and portrait, animate and inanimate. As viewers we experience a kind of cognitive dissonance as we are simultaneously attracted and repelled by them at the same time.”
Do you know who Jeff Koons, Damian Hirst and Banksy have done album artwork for?
Any other artists you know of who’ve collaborated with bands worthy of a mention?