Cosmic, angry, soulful, spiritual, political – twelve great soul music album covers

As a music lover and into the visual arts, record sleeves have always been something I’ve taken a lot of interest in. I love classic soul music, and what I like about the way these are packaged, is that in a huge variety

The Danish designer Verner Panton (1926–1998) was responsible for some of the most innovative interior and furniture design of the last century. Striking organic forms, often produced in highly glossy materials and with bold, vibrant colours had a futuristically psychedelic feel. The one-piece molded Panton chair, designed in 1960 became an instant design classic and

Part three in an occasional series on film visual style in the movies I love. As far as ‘ten greatest ever’ – well, the ones that were on my mind when I was putting this together. The link throughout is an appreciation of production design, cinematography, or any other defining visual characteristic – it’s purely

1980s fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes

Bold, beautiful and Damned, is a stunning book by Dean Rhys Morgan – a retrospective of the career of iconic fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes. To anyone with even a passing interest in fashion, Viramontes’ work will be instantly recognisable. His sinewy, sexy drawings were the output of someone for whom

David Bowie is

Thanks to some lovely friends who couldn’t go and kindly passed their tickets to us, we finally got to see David Bowie is, the exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. It’s an outstanding work, essentially about the relationship Bowie has had with popular culture – both feeding from it, and in

Syd Mead designed the world I want to live in – a beautiful retro-futuristic mash up of Mid 20th Century Modern and Jetsons-style sci-fi. He is one of those talents that come only once or twice in a generation. The best of his images blend a 60′s creative optimism, with his industrial designer’s understanding of

Back in early December, the Tate Gallery’s website crashed due to huge demand placed on it by music fans trying to get tickets to the Kraftwerk shows to be held in the Turbine Hall – 8 shows on consecutive nights, each focusing on a different album from their history. With only

Dan Flavin’s neon art

Light Show, the exhibition about to open at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank, reminded me of another exhibit there from 2006, a retrospective of the work of neon artist Dan Flavin.

Flavin was a New Yorker, born in 1933, who moved from Abstract Expressionist drawings & paintings,