Limited edition of 100
This large and striking silkscreen print revisits the artwork commissioned by Factory Records for the 1988 release of the Happy Mondays second album. The work that Central Station Design produced for the Happy Mondays and Factory Records played an important role in the identity of the label. As Tony Wilson himself said, "The second half of the factory story is best summed up by the painterly eccentricity of Central Station, Matt, Pat and Karen." Central Station Design recalled, "At the time we were developing ideas for a series of portraits of iconic faces from British film, radio and television. People we had been influenced by when growing up. Characters like Arthur Askey, Kenneth Williams, and Tommy Cooper. These paintings were shown in our first major exhibition "Hello Playmates" at the Manchester City Art Gallery. Shaun Ryder was painted using the same techniques, a combination of silk screen, oil and acrylic paint on canvas. The reason for the tight crop on the sleeve was to make the image more ambiguous, which worked because even Shaun didn't recognise himself. On the sleeve itself we blind embossed the title of the album so it didn't ruin the impact of the image. We wanted to create a new visual identity, and we were confident that people would recognise a Mondays artwork without having to spell it out." Each print, on a heavyweight Somerset satin paper, is signed in pencil as "Central Station" by Matt, Pat or Karen.
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