Biffy Clyro | Only Revolutions
Edition size: 10, Print Size: 60” x 60”
Giclée Print made by Coriander Studios
Design and photography – Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios
An epic original archival inkjet print which is no longer available on the primary market. Call to enquire. Storm Thorgerson returned to the artwork he produced for Biffy Clyro’s Only Revolutions for this edition, which was printed in stunning detail (as always when Rockarchive’s master printer Stuart Nicholls is responsible) onto a beautiful Hahnemühle paper. Storm said that although every technological era spawns its own limitations, “if music is big, as I see it, then all the images and designs that I may do or somebody else may do are endeavouring to be big as well. A walk through the aisles of a large cd retailer is entirely different to that of flicking through a box of lps, and the success of Storm’s design for Biffy Clyro’s Only Revolutions is such that it leaps out at you from a distance, and conveys the hugeness of the sound they make to the passer by, to the punter.” The band themselves said, “It’s a bit of a dream come true to have somebody like Storm Thorgerson do your artwork, considering his history and all the bands he has worked with, so we are really proud to be collaborating with him and looking at his great ideas. He just wanted to communicate with us so much…to hear the music at really early stages, he wanted all the lyrics, he wanted to know exactly what each song was about. What came out of their conversations was a dramatic scene of two figures, a fire and two huge flags; elements resonant of both patriotism and revolution.” Storm himself describes it best: “Only Revolutions was the title and apart from revolving records perhaps Biffy thought that real change could only be effected by drastic means, namely revolution, and flags play a strong revolutionary role, enormous flags even more so. Enormous flags for enormous music; enormous flags to represent the enormous inner feelings of couples in conflict, the subject of many of the songs. Huge flags make great shapes and literally wonderful sounds when flapping in the wind. Despite continuing bad weather we tethered the large flags to a scaffold tower secured by numerous guy ropes and let the wind do its thing (when I say large I mean big enough to engulf a house). In retrospect the bad weather was a blessing for us because the wind came with the rain and grey skies and blew the flags of its own accord forming grotesque yet elegant shapes, changing, enfolding, continuously reforming, resembling creatures – birds, fish, elephants even aeroplanes and innumerable abstract shapes continually different… truly a wonder to behold. Even the colours remained vivid in the shitty conditions on top of a hill in Bedfordshire. All in all it worked a treat – one of the best things we have ever done, in my ever so humble opinion, my only regret being I didn’t film it in slow motion… maybe another day.”
Storm’s career spanned 6 decades, beginning in the 60’s when, as a friend of the Pink Floyd (he was at school with Syd and Roger, and Nick and David were part of his circle of friends), he overheard them asking a photographer to shoot their second album. The photographer refused and Storm said “I’ll do it”. The rest is history.
Storm formed a design group (Hipgnosis) in the 60’s with Aubrey (Po) Powell and Peter Christopherson. They worked for pretty much everyone who was anyone in the rock world at the time. Hipgnosis dissolved in the late 70’s.
Storm continued with sleeve design, forming a new company that included Peter Curzon, Dan Abbott (both designers) and Rupert Truman (Photographer), with whom he worked for the best part of 30 years, and who make up StormStudios today.
These are limited edition fine art prints. They are silk screens and giclée’s, printed using archival inks on acid free papers.
Our first foray into prints was with Coriander. It was run by Brad Faine – an artist, and specialist in silk screen printing. Brad and his team made prints for artists such as Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake, Bruce McLean etc. etc. Today, they are one of the foremost fine art printers in London. In recent years, they have embraced new technologies, and also make many of our digital prints.
Silk screen printing is a laborious process, whereby the layers of colour are applied by hand, one by one. Some of our prints have 25-30 colour layers applied. It is reliant on highly skilled printers to understand how the layers will build up. The finished images generally have a more ‘painterly’ feel than the digital prints.
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