Six Of The Best: Vinyl Art
Long Live Vinyl presents a selection of vinyl-related artwork to hang on the walls of your listening room, your kitchen, your living room, your bathroom…
1. FRED BIRCHAL DESIGN/ART
Price from £80
Brazilian artist Fred Birchal’s Music Costumes series depicts famous musical legends, minus, well, the famous musical legends… the focus is on their outfits. Birchal’s range includes illustrations of Prince, Bob Dylan, Ramones, Joni Mitchell, Björk, Kraftwerk, Aretha Franklin, Pet Shop Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Freddie Mercury. They’re colourful, striking and minimalist works of art to illuminate any listening room.
2. ART VINYL
Price £39; Triple Pack £99
Art Vinyl offer stylish solutions for record collectors who prefer to display their sleeves as works of art. Their unique quick-release Play & Display Flip Frame makes it easy to swap sleeves over as often as you like. The frames are designed for different thicknesses and UV protected, so your records won’t get damaged. They’ve also been curating the Best Art Vinyl Awards for the past 13 years and host regular exhibitions of sleeve art.
3. THE RECORD’S TICKING
Price from £19
Rob Hume has been handmaking clocks and lamps from records since 2013, applying iconic sleeves and images of bands and artists to 12″ records. The lamps are made from solid beech hardwood, and Rob can create custom designs from your own image. Every upcycled record he uses is either unwanted, damaged or unplayable, so nothing goes to waste.
4. HYPERGALLERY LIMITED EDITION COVER ART
Price from £180
Founded by father and daughter team Rob and Emily Smeaton, Hypergallery is a vast collection of limited-edition prints, many signed by the original artist. There’s a wide selection of Hipgnosis creations and plenty of David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin album sleeve work on sale. Be warned, though, prices range from £180 to well over £3,000.
5. VINYL POP ART
Price: contact for details
Brooklyn artist Greg Frederick creates portraits out of hand-broken records and their packaging. His work has been displayed alongside Andy Warhol’s in New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum and he’s designed tour merch for Courtney Love. He’s also available for private commissions.
6. SOUND WAVE ART
Produced in the UK, Sound Wave prints are a visual embodiment of the sound of your favourite record. They come in equaliser, spiral and standard wave formats in a range of colours, with or without lyrics. They can even create a print from a movie quote or your baby’s heartbeat.