British artist John Holmes was born in London where he lived all his life except for time he spent in the Royal Air Force. In 1965 John saw a notice about further education for working men which, supported by a bursary from Royal Society of Arts, led him to gain a place at the London College of Printing. His work was at first abstract and he gained an exhibition place at the Raille Gallery; later, possibly inspired by an accident involving his daughter where she was badly scalded, his work involved more figurative shapes and images. It was at this point he was commissioned to produce art for album covers, book covers, and illustrations for various publications. The 1970s saw him produce some of his most famous works for the literary scene: Germaine Greer absolutely loved his artwork for The Female Eunuch, and his styling certainly fit well with the horror and disturbing imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, and Fontana’s Horror Series.
We collated a selection of our favourite covers from this period… But beware, they are rather disturbing for sensitive souls… Don’t get nightmares…
The archive website states:
“As a vital part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s mission as an educational institution, the Guggenheim Museum’s Publications Department publishes books and catalogues to document its exhibitions and collections.”
Art is a wonderful thing to be able to share and we hope you take some time to visit the website and find something that inspires you. Meanwhile, have a peek at some of the gorgeous art book covers below to see what is available to download…
The 74 year old has created this giant symbol of resistance to political repression from 100,000 copies of banned books.
The installation is based in Kassel, Germany and is part of the Documenta 14 art festival. Minujín identified over 170 banned book titles with the help from local students and constructed the full-size parthenon from the banned books held in steel structures with plastic sheeting to protect them.
Derailing My Train of Thought by Thomas Wightman
Whatever you think of book art, there’s no denying the talent and thought that has gone into this book sculpture I stumbled upon yesterday. I’ve seen lots of book art in the years running FRA but never quite something as immensely detailed as ‘Derailing My Train of Thought’, a bookish art project by Thomas Wightman.
The art has a serious edge too, the artist says: Read More
This is where a bit of colouring in can help, even if you just stab at the page with a red pencil while screaming obscenities. Regular colouring books are good, adult colouring books are great, but colouring books that swear along with you? They are THE BEST.
Just take a look…
The finished effect is stunning, but it’s also fairly simple to make. If you’re planning a Beauty and the Beast inspired birthday party, or even a themed bedroom, this enchanted rose will make the perfect addition. It’s lovely! Read More
This is one of those times.
Butcher Billy is a designer and illustrator from Brazil, with a penchant for bold and expressive mash-ups of musical artists and literature… Just take a look at his Stephen King collection below!