Thursday, June 21, 2007
Fe. Roger Dean 70’s
In 1961 Roger began a three year course in Industrial Design, leading to a National Diploma of Design. Initially he studied silversmithing and then furniture design. During 1964 Roger made the first designs for the "Sea Urchin Chair". In 1965 he joined the Royal College of Art Furniture school under Professor David Pye. He made the Sea Urchin Chair which was exhibited at the Design Centre in the Haymarket, where it became the focus of media attention for some time.
Roger graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1968 and continued to live and work in London. He designed a “landscape” of similar seating seating for Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. He produced his first record cover, for a group called Gun.
Then in 1971 Dean produced the cover for the first album by the African/Caribbean band, Osibisa, which attracted a lot of attention to his work.
Designed: Roger Dean 1971
Later that year, he began the partnership for which he is best known, designing his first album cover, Fragile, for progressive rock bands Yes. Dean designed the classic Yes "bubble" logo, which first appeared on the album Close to the Edge, and has created covers for the band as recently as 1999 (The Ladder).
YES: Tales form Topographic Ocean
Designer: Roger Dean Nov 1973.
In addition to their album covers, Dean also contributed to his brother Martyn Dean's stage set designs for the band.
Known primarily for the dreamy, other-worldly scenes he has created for Yes, Budgie , Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and other bands, Dean has said, "I don't really think of myself as a fantasy artist but as a landscape painter."
Two compilations of his work, Views (1975) (the success of which led him to form publishing house Paper Tiger Books) and Magnetic Storm (1984), have been published. In addition, his architectural and furniture work have been exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum and in the Royal Academy.