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.