I'm delighted to once again produce a design for my good friends at Wacken. My last Shirt design for Wacken was in 2002 the same year I produced the artwork for Blind Guardian's A Night at the Opera and my first visit to Wacken. This design is for their foundation something I'm more than happy to support given the foundation's ethos is akin to my own.
Creating the frames for my Tolkien inspired paintings has always been a collaboration between John Davies and Peter Nahum, however on this occasion the design of the frame was created by me whilst the hard part was created by the talented craftsmen at John's workshop.
It was great fun for me to produce a new design for the Hobgoblin and Bloodstock T shirt. Not only for the opportunity to create the image but because Hobgoblin just so happens to be a favorite beer of mine.
As an adjunct, my journey with Album covers began via my Tolkien inspired work which in turn led to Bloodstock, so lets raise a glass to fantasy and the HOBGOBLIN.
In 1984 Saxon's Crusader was my first album cover, in 2013 both band and artist are still working together. Saxon's latest album and my 12th for the band is yet again a visual collaboration with its indomitable singer Biff Byford. Sacrifice was a joy to work on and again sent me down a road I would not have chosen as an artist, the reason I love doing cover artwork.
2012 was also the year I published a book of my work BEYOND TIME AND PLACE. The book has all my album covers, Tolkien work and more. I produced two editions of the book one the standard edition and the other a collectors edition of only 500 copies worldwide.The collectors edition has a limited edition fine art print, each print and book is signed and numbered and comes with a letter of authenticity.
The limited edition print is Sacrifice.
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR is thrilled to announce their win in the 'Best Medium-Sized Festival' category at the UK Festival Awards 2012, which was held last night at London's Roundhouse. The event, which saw over half a million fans and festival go-ers cast their votes over the last month, acknowledges outstanding achievement in the UK live festival industry.
The independently-run BLOODSTOCK saw off considerable competition from the likes of Latitude, RockNess, The Secret Garden Party and Wakestock to pick up the trophy. Festival director, Paul Gregory commented, "We want to thank everyone who voted for Bloodstock in the UK Festival Awards. It shows the overwhelming support the metal fans have for their festival, which always will be by the fans, for the fans."
Meanwhile, BLOODSTOCK marches on in setting the bar even higher for 2013. With a rapidly growing reputation as the UK's best metal festival by those 'in the know', this 'best kept secret' isn't going to stay a secret for much longer. Tickets for 2013 are moving at their fastest pace yet and with two stellar headliners already locked in for next year's event; seminal metal icon, KING DIAMOND and Virginian groove-metal masters, LAMB OF GOD, the future looks bright for BLOODSTOCK.
Me at the British Music Experience holding the standard edition book infront of the original artwork for Saxon's "Heavy Metal Thunder", one of only two original paintings I took to the BME to show, the other being Saxon's latest cover design for the album "Sacrifice".
I was delighted when my book was officially lauched at the British Music Experience.The panalists in this picture are from left to right, Biff Byford (SAXON), Alex Lewis (Tolkien contributer) and last but certainly not least Mark Wilkinson (Artist ilustrator and my book designer) The evening went well and I was delighted my book was finally in the public domain.
BEYOND TIME AND PLACE
The Art of Paul Raymond Gregory
Book launch at the Britsh Music Experience 1st November 2012.
A special talk and book launch to celebrate the art work and album covers of one of the UK’s premier contemporary fantasy artists on November 1st at 7 pm.
Across 176 lavishly illustrated pages in a hardback book housed inside a slipcase, Paul Raymond Gregory’s staggering achievement as an artist over the past 35 years is revealed for the first time in print. There is also a special collector’s clothbound edition, strictly limited to 500 signed copies, housed inside a slipcase, with a wallet containing a unique art print and personalised certificate of Authenticity to each purchaser.
Designed by artist Mark Wilkinson, a long time admirer of Paul’s (who has produced album covers for Marillion, Fish, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and The Darkness). The comprehensive text is by Alex Lewis, a specialist writer from the Tolkien Society and Greg Moffitt, a well known rock journalist and author.
“Sometimes a band has a relationship with an artist that works really well, a bit like producers, and I think some of Paul’s best album covers have been for us. The songs we write are perfect for him.” Vocalist Biff Byford from the band Saxon
“Your album is only complete when it’s in the right cover. Music and artwork go hand in hand together.” Guitarist Mick Box from the band Uriah Heep
Both editions will be available in November 2012
Published by Studio 54 Publications.
For further details please visit Paul’s home page
For enquiries please contact:
British Music Experience
020 8463 3414