The artist behind the Radiohead album cover Child A partners with Christie’s to sell six paintings he made as prospective images for the album.
The artworks, which represent jagged winter landscapes that match the tone of the record, were produced between 1999 and 2001 by Stanley Donwood, the English artist who has been behind the band’s covers since 1994. They will be featured in the ” First opening: Post-war art and contemporary art ”, which will take place from October 5 to 19.
Prior to the final sale, the paintings will be displayed in an exhibition at Christie’s headquarters in London, curated by Thom Yorke. Also included in the program titled “How to disappear completely, “after the fourth song on Child A—Will be lyrics sheets, drawings and digital art related to the record. It will be on view from October 9 to 15.
Donwood, who met Yorke when they were at University of Exeter together, recalled the process of making paintings in the barn transformed into the group’s studio, and finally settled on the one used for the album.
“Very late one night, Thom and I were alone in the vast expanses of Oxfordshire, surrounded by darkness and trying to finish the artwork,” the artist said in a statement. “It was impossible, we had done too many, too many images, and it was like being in a storm of ideas, drawings, paintings and texts. We were exhausted and couldn’t think clearly.
Donwood explained that he and Yorke “had many versions of the cover, all with different images and different titles in different typefaces,” but they couldn’t choose the right one.
“So we took them all down and used duct tape to stick them to the kitchen cupboards and fridge, hoping that in the morning the right cover and the right title would be evident. And it was, and it was called Child A. “
The sale and accompanying exhibition vaguely mark the record’s 21st anniversary, originally released on October 2, 2000, and now widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of the 21st century.
See more Donwood’s Child A paintings below.
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