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Tales from Topographic Oceans

  • Object:

    Design Artwork

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dean, Roger, born 1944 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour air-brushed ink and collage on a black and white photograph, pasted to support card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Dean

  • Museum number:

    E.2453-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB4G, shelf SH7, box TS55

Physical description

Original artwork for the album 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' by the group Yes.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

ca.1973 (made)

Artist/maker

Dean, Roger, born 1944 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour air-brushed ink and collage on a black and white photograph, pasted to support card

Dimensions

Height: 31.3 cm, Width: 31.5 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Dean's importance lies in the fact that he was the first sleeve designer to work consistently with groups and become noted in his own right as a creative contributor to the appearance of a group. He has influenced designers in the 1980s such as Ian Anderson of the Designers Republic and in some ways established the profession of sleeve designer.

Dean's work represents an important stylistic phase in pre-punk Britain that grew out of the psychedelic work of Michael English in the 1960s. His general importance to the British record industry is attested by Richard Branson's commission for a label logo for his newly formed Virgin Records in 1970.

Historical context note

Roger Dean trained as a furniture designer and although he is best known for his record sleeve artwork his main concerns are still with the three-dimensional object. (He has designed chairs, interiors and houses and is currently (1991) exploring the possibility of designing a theme-park with a Japanese company.)

Dean graduated from the RCA in 1968 and in the same year designed the seating for the club 'Upstairs' at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. His interests in architectonic and organic forms are reflected in his sleeve art. His work for the rock group Yes established a strong 'corporate identity' further enhanced with the 'organic' logotype (ca.1971). He began designing stage sets for the group in 1972 which reflected the sleeve designs.

Descriptive line

Original artwork for the album 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' by the group Yes, for the 'Yes Logo'. Colour air-brushed ink and collage on a black and white photograph. By Roger Dean, Great Britain, ca.1973.

Materials

Card; Paper; Ink

Techniques

Collage; Airbrushing

Categories

Labels & packaging; Music

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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