Alan Aldridge has been (and continues to be) the prolific creator of myriad fantastic images of strikingly original graphic entertainment. As the controversial Art Director of Penguin Books during the Swinging Sixties, he breathed fresh life into modern book cover design and epitomized the era’s visual zeitgeist with The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, a worldwide bestseller still in print today over seven million copies later. Creative Consultant to Apple Corps, where John Lennon dubbed him “His Royal Master of Images,” Aldridge enchanted British rock royalty – The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream – as well as Andy Warhol with the highly scandalous Chelsea Girls film poster and Elvis, with his flair for provocative, playful, unconventional visuals. Described by the media as “ Beardsley in blue jeans” and “a visionary architect of optic psychedelia,” he went on to fashion indelible iconic identities for Elton John’s Captain Fantastic, the Hard Rock Café and the House of Blues, among many other marquee clients. His best-selling series of award-winning children’s books – The Butterfly Ball, The Peacock Party, The Ship’s Cat, The Lion’s Cavalcade and Phantasia – have been critically recognized as contemporary classics in the grand tradition of book illustration. Also an accomplished writer, he is the author of The Gnole, a darkly comic fantasy adventure for youthful minds of all ages, and The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes, a selective retrospective of his extensive body of uniquely imaginative work. Recently the subject of a record-breaking exhibition at London’s Design Museum, Aldridge is currently involved in a variety of projects that include a new line of illustrated books, animated and live action films, and apparel and merchandise featuring his signature style. A Londoner by birth, he has lived in Los Angeles for the past twenty-odd years, but still says “tomarto”.
All Alan Aldridge images are available as giclee fine art editions, printed on 100% cotton rag paper.