Temper’s Cover Versions Graffiti Gang – 2015
- Stretched Canvas
- Image Size: 33in x 33in
- Edition size 33
A hand-signed, limited edition stretched canvas in a bespoke, hand-made frame by graffiti legend Temper.
Having previously enjoyed commissions from Coca-Cola, Nike and Saatchi & Saatchi and a solo show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2014's cover:versions saw a change in pace for Temper. He swapped his spray can for a paintbrush, oils and acrylic to recreate twelve iconic album covers using a combination of photo-realistic effects and his signature graffiti B-boys.
The new 2015 addition to the cover:versions portfolio, entitled ‘Temper’s Cover Versions Graffiti Gang’ is inspired by the cover art for The Beatles' classic 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. However, instead of the celebrities depicted in the original cover, this piece features an array of previous cover:versions characters in the background, along with new characters created to represent different musical genres, as a nod to the impact music and cover art has had on Temper as an artist and to previous titles in the cover:versions portfolio.
Fine Art Publisher Washington Green Fine Art has worked closely with the artist to produce this bespoke vinyl record frame, designed especially for the cover:versions canvas editions by Temper. Producing the vinyl frame the right way is a time-consuming and labour-intensive undertaking — it requires the use of only premium materials, and relies on the skill and focus of talented artisans. The choice of manufacturing method and finest materials were critical to give an exact replica of the artist’s original in detail, colour and finish. Washington Green spent the best part of a year in development to ensure this level of quality, experimenting with several different processes and materials before settling on the those that provide the product you see today. Such is the attention to detail, it is possible to see not only the grooves in the records but the surface scratches on the records present on the original. Take a look at the framing process infographic.
Watch the cover:versions video to find out what leading DJs and hip hop artists have to say about his work.