Inspired by a range of classic rock and roll album covers, from Elvis Presley’s ‘Elvis Presley’ (the first rock ‘n’ roll record to be number one) to the Beatles and the Stones and on to The Tragically Hip, this collection of new work acknowledges the power of music and the importance of it’s imagery. These new artworks endeavour to capture the colour and pictorial elements of original albums. The elements are then digitally re-mixed and abstractly represented as circular artworks, celebrating the form of the record and creating a new emblematic aesthetic of the original album cover.
At first glance the works are punchy, eye catching experiments in colour, then upon reflection reveal an undercurrent of recognition of the album and the memories of it’s music.
Peter Wilkins is a multimedia artist based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland. Wilkins’ various bodies of work have been exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada and internationally, including Canada House, (London, UK) and the 2013 Venice Biennale. His portrait and landscape artworks are held in public and private collections around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery of Canada.