Friday, 19 April 2013

Pink Floyd artist dies: Iconic album cover creator Storm Thorgerson dies at 69

Pink Floyd artist dies: Iconic album cover creator Storm Thorgerson dies at 69, English graphic designer Storm Elvin Thorgerson, best known for his iconic album designs for rock bands such as Pink Floyd, died Thursday at the age of 69.

Yahoo! News reprinted an April 19 Associated Press release that carried the news of Thorgerson’s death.

Thorgerson's family said that his death "was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends." The artist, who played rugby as a child with Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, suffered a stroke in 2003 and had been in poor health.

Thorgerson created the surreal image of the burning man in a business suit featured on Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album, as well as the recognizable prism for the band's "Dark Side of the Moon" album. His artwork became synonymous with Floyd’s progressive and psychedelic music.

In addition to his Pink Floyd artwork, Thorgerson did design work for rock giants Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Genesis, Europe and Dream Theater.

According to the AP, Thorgerson described creating album cover artwork as a 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."

At a 2004 art exhibition in London, which showcased Storm’s work, he said, “I like to mess with bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not?”

Thorgerson's work spans more than four decades. Several books display the late artist’s photography and imagery.

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