In celebration of renowned graphic designer Storm Thorgerson’s extraordinary career and following his untimely death earlier this year, StormStudios and The Proud Archivist venue have brought together a retrospective of his work ’The Gathering Storm’ as the venue’s launch event.
The exhibition takes its name from the new book that Storm completed a short while before his death, a weighty full colour anthology of Storm's 'greatest hits', all personally chosen and annotated by Storm himself.
Storm is best known for his album cover work produced for the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC-DC, Genesis, Biffy Clyro and Muse to name but a few, these all feature in the exhibition as well as an abundance of images from the beginning of Storm’s career as co-founder of the graphic design group, Hipgnosis through to his more recent work with StormStudios. It offers a unique opportunity to view his celebrated works, including the iconic prism design for the Pink Floyd album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ as large-scale images pulsing with detail and colour rather than in the usual small CD or LP format. Obscure and rarely seen gems are also on show plus unique behind-the-scenes insights, revealing previously unseen sketchbooks, photographs and anecdotes from the shoots and the process and extraordinary effort that went into making the final images.
Storm Thorgerson’s career spanned five decades and revolutionised album cover art. His working ethos was that nothing should be faked and he would often stage preposterous feats to realise an idea – from 500 beds placed on a beach, to naked children clambering over the Giant’s Causeway.
Metro is delighted to have worked on this project producing twelve panels of three metre high images on Phototex vinyl
, a photographic vinyl alternative to traditional wallpaper, specially devised for fine art images and printed on our large format Epson Lightjet.
The opening of the exhibition will coincide with the publication of the book ‘The Gathering Storm’, copies will be available for sale throughout.