This evening, Art Vinyl together with Belgraves Hotel, Belgravia, revealed the winner of Best Art Vinyl 2015 with David Gilmour’s ‘Rattle That Lock’ album taking first place, Drenge’s ‘Undertow’ coming second, and Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ in third place. Chosen from 50 records nominated by a panel of highly respected music design experts and previous Best Art Vinyl Award winners, the covers demonstrate a complete range of creative disciplines, including traditional fine art, photography, sculpture and computer graphics.
The concept and production for David Gilmour’s cover was created by The Creative Corporation, art directed by Dave Stansbie in collaboration with Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell from the legendary Hipgnosis design studio, who produced album covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 10cc and many others during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
David Gilmour said: “I am thrilled that the artwork to Rattle That Lock has received the ArtVinyl award. I’d like to offer my congratulations and thanks to Dave Stansbie and the team at The Creative Corporation for the brilliant work that they have done for me. It’s a thrill to see vinyl making a comeback and the return of the opportunities that the larger format offers. Thanks again”.
Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps explains, “This is the first year such an established artist’s record has won Best Art Vinyl, but notably the design team have historically been responsible for so many iconic sleeve designs and their talent and creativity to match the musicians’ wishes clearly shone through. It’s interesting that two of the top three are conceptual compositions, using photography as the core of the design and all three use digital design skills to great effect, showing that designers are using all tools available to them throughout the creative process. We believe this is a unique art prize that really taps into popular culture, as the created artwork is used to not just sell the product but to enhance the listeners’ overall experience.”
In January 2016, the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2015 award will feature in exhibitions in London, Scotland, Italy, Germany and Hungary as well as on www.artvinyl.com.