Best Art Vinyl 2022
The public vote awarded first place to Simon Monk for Black Country, New Road’s album ‘Ants From Up There’. This is just one image from a series of still life paintings inhabiting two worlds at once – one being an every-day reality and one filled with fantasy and imagination. The album artwork brought the ‘plastic bag paintings’ to a new audience and, for the artist, started as a solution to the problem of how to make a still life oil painting in the 21st century, without it being old fashioned, whilst demonstrating how a painting can dignify a cheap or otherwise insignificant object.
The artwork by Bart Balboa for Birds In Row’s album ‘Gris Klein’ received second place, and in third place was illustrator Jason Joyce for Jake Blanchard for Richard Dawson’s album ‘The Ruby Cord‘.