From the moment I saw the photograph that Simon had in mind to illustrate his second album, I knew that I could create something more organic and dynamic by using oil paints.
The idea was to use Simon’s image only as a visual reference and let my personal feelings and energy take it to another level. In October 2015, after returning from a very inspiring French trip, I finally decided to make a start on Headswims’s artwork.
It took me some time to get into the right zone. Only when I started to listen to the songs and connect with the music, did I find the freedom and energy which were going to lead me through a very powerful and rewarding experience.
At this point in my life, I was so ready for what I called an explosion of colours, all I needed was the right opportunity to express those strong feelings and Headswims was exactly that, the right project at the right time!
For a couple of weeks, I played the album pretty loud in my studio and went from careful to loose and bold as I really got into Simon’s beautiful melodies and Dave Armstrong’s lush production. By the end of the first week, I was totally hooked. Because of their epic scale, two songs in particular, Featherhead and Headswims, had an amazing impact on my producing this painting.
Suddenly, It was becoming very obvious that the canvas I was working on was more than just the product of my creativity, it was the result of a meeting of passions between a musician and an artist. I had often dreamed of what would come out of such a marriage, and there it was, covered with yellow, orange, red, blue, green, purple and white: the perfect explosion of colours I had so wanted to create.
As much as it reflects Simon’s vision and musical statement, the artwork for Headswims stands strongly as a symbol of my renaissance, an ode to life and a great tribute to art and music merging in the purest way.
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