Stanley Donwood is an artist and writer. He has produced record covers for Radiohead and exhibited worldwide. A collection of his short stories will be published by Faber & Faber later this year.
Donwood gained recognition in 1994 when he began designing album art for Grammy-award winning band, Radiohead. His work has since been used for 15 singles, 9 EPs and various studio albums including The Bends, Kid A, OK Computer, and Hail to the Thief. His evocative and haunting imagery has helped to create one of music's most distinctive brands. In 2006, the release of Thom Yorke's 'Eraser' record brought Donwood's very distinctive artwork 'London Views' into the public eye once again.
As an artist he veers from propagandist graphics to introspective illustrations, but a consistent strength is its combination of deep personal and political emotions with modesty and humor; weighty subjects examined not entirely seriously but certainly respectfully. Notoriously reclusive, Donwood himself doesn't pander to the disingenuous media trend for grandeur, and like many intelligent creatives operating in such a conceited sphere, cannot resist underselling himself.
Stanley Donwood is recognized as one the UK's 'popular contemporary'artists and has exhibited his gallery art to an international fan base, including galleries in London, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and San Francisco.