Thom Yorke - The Eraser

Back in 1995, Stanley Donwood began a body of work titled London Views. This would later become the cover of Thom Yorke’s album The Eraser.

London Views - Part 1

London Views - Part 2

Stanley describes the art making process:

This medievalised vision of apocalypse in England’s capital city was carved on 14 pieces of linoleum with one small cutting tool. The original blocks make up a picture about twelve feet long, which has been painstakingly hand-burnished on to beautiful Japanese Kozo paper, as it has so far proved impossible to print this using a press. Thus the edition is extremely small; only 8 have been made.

Each of the 14 sections were first proofed on a huge cast-iron printing press, an Albion made in 1860, scanned, and printed on to large aluminium/polymer composite panels, which in turn were caged with diamond-pattern wire, reminiscent of the Evening Standard headline-boards that infect the capital with their own dire predictions. Each of these panels are 75 cm wide x 140 cm high.

Limited prints and more Radiohead-related artwork are available from his website.

Thom Yorke: The Eraser

Thom Yorke - The Eraser

Back in 1995, Stanley Donwood began a body of work titled London Views. This would later become the cover of Thom Yorke’s album The Eraser.

London Views - Part 1

London Views - Part 2

Stanley describes the art making process:

This medievalised vision of apocalypse in England’s capital city was carved on 14 pieces of linoleum with one small cutting tool. The original blocks make up a picture about twelve feet long, which has been painstakingly hand-burnished on to beautiful Japanese Kozo paper, as it has so far proved impossible to print this using a press. Thus the edition is extremely small; only 8 have been made.

Each of the 14 sections were first proofed on a huge cast-iron printing press, an Albion made in 1860, scanned, and printed on to large aluminium/polymer composite panels, which in turn were caged with diamond-pattern wire, reminiscent of the Evening Standard headline-boards that infect the capital with their own dire predictions. Each of these panels are 75 cm wide x 140 cm high.

Limited prints and more Radiohead-related artwork are available from his website.





6 Comments

  1. I heard that the red illustration around his name came from a kick ass royalty free illustration book….

  2. i loooooooove stanley donwood! radiohead album covers ROCK.

  3. The figure reminds me of a comic panel in The Big Book of Conspiracies (Factoid Books), where Aleister Crowley is summoning the Loch Ness monster from outside his home (Boleskine).

    It’s been years since I’ve seen the book, and I could be totally wrong, but I’d like to see if I’m right or not.

    Regardless, it’s a small part of an enormously impressive work, though.

  4. There’s a great set of remix 12″ singles with more in the same vein.

  5. these piece’s are amazing.. they’re complex yet beautifully simple

  6. drawing section 12 for my junior cert.
    so far so good.
    the pic was brilliant :)

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