Pink Floyd artist dies - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Pink Floyd artist dies

Posted: Updated:

RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, whose eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday. He was 69.

In a statement, Thorgerson's family said that his death "was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends." The statement gave few further details but said that the artist, who suffered a stroke in 2003, had been ill for some time.

Even those who not familiar with Thorgerson's name will have seen his work gracing vinyl collections and CD racks. He was best known for his surreal Pink Floyd covers, which guitarist David Gilmour said had long been "an inseparable part of our work."

Some of Thorgerson's covers — the disturbing image of burning man in a business suit featured on Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" or the stark prism on the band's "Dark Side of the Moon" — have become icons in their own right.

Thorgerson also made covers for Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Phish, Styx, and Muse. His art tended toward the unsettling or the bizarre. One particularly weird CD front for The Cranberries' "Bury The Hatchet" featured a monstrous, disembodied eye staring at a crouching, naked figure in a desert. Another Pink Floyd album cover — which Thorgerson said had left the record company "completely berserk" — featured nothing more than a picture of a cow staring out from a field.

Thorgerson described his work as a kind of fantasy job — in both senses of the word.

"People pay me for my thoughts and my dreams," Thorgerson told the BBC in 2010. "I think in that sense I'm very fortunate."

Thorgerson is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis, and her two children Adam and Georgia.

____

Jill Lawless contributed to this report.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

  • EntertainmentMore>>

  • Sneak Peak: The Simpsons meet Family Guy

    Sneak Peak: The Simpsons meet Family Guy

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:01:56 GMT
    Did you ever wonder what would happen if Homer Simpson met Peter Griffin from Family Guy? You will find out soon. A sneak peak of the upcoming cross-over episode can be found online.
    Did you ever wonder what would happen if Homer Simpson met Peter Griffin from Family Guy? You will find out soon. A sneak peak of the upcoming cross-over episode can be found online.
  • New photos of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

    New photos of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:39:42 GMT
    All the wondering for superhero fanatics is finally over. The new Wonder Woman has finally been revealed in new photos. The latest incarnation of Wonder Woman is played by actress Gal Gadot. 
    All the wondering for superhero fanatics is finally over. The new Wonder Woman has finally been revealed in new photos. The latest incarnation of Wonder Woman is played by actress Gal Gadot. 
  • Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey surprise fans at Comic-Con

    Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey surprise fans at Comic-Con

    Comic-Con got off to a great start Thursday when the Paramount panel abruptly ushered off Megan Fox mid-Q&A, replacing her with a surprise appearance.
    Comic-Con got off to a great start Thursday when the Paramount panel abruptly ushered off Megan Fox mid-Q&A, replacing her with a surprise appearance.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices