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Digital Subscriptions > Long Live Vinyl > Jul 2019 - David Bowie > PETE FOWLER


Pete Fowler’s vibrant illustrations for Super Furry Animals’ record sleeves became synonymous with the band’s playfully subversive image. Christopher Barrett finds out what inspired the man himself
All artwork kindly provided by Pete Fowler

Often mixing psychedelic landscapes, unusual beasts and references to technology, Pete Fowler’s awesome artwork has been used across the vast majority of Super Furry Animals’ albums, videos and merchandise.

His brightly coloured creations for the band were in stark contrast to the conservative retro imagery that adorned many a Britpop album back in the Super Furries’ heyday.

The Cardiff-born, London-based multimedia artist has also worked on projects for bands including The Horrors and Clinic, but it is his work with the Welsh indie band for which he remains best known. Fowler continued to work with Gruff Rhys after he went solo, creating more restrained but no less imaginative work.

A passionate music fan, Fowler has performed as one half of the duo Seahawks and regularly gets behind the decks, most recently as the tour DJ for Hot Chip.

Outside of his experience in the music industry, Fowler’s endeavours include delivering projects for major brands such as Paul Smith, Disney and Volvic, as well as working in the fields of illustration, toy design, printmaking, painting and embroidery.

Fowler has also gained a worldwide fanbase with his Monsterism project, which encompasses imagery, films and a range of toy figures, including one called Grylph that was modelled on Gruff Rhys as an allotmentowning older man.

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1969 was the year that changed everything for David Bowie, and in our exclusive cover feature we speak to his former girlfriend Hermione Farthingale, plus bandmates John 'Hutch' Hutchinson and George Underwood to get the inside story. With three new Bowie boxsets out this year, you won't want to miss these rare interviews with the people who knew Bowie best – and our stunning collector's cover. Elsewhere this issue, we meet the ever-engaging Richard Hawley for a pint and a chat about his new album, Further, while Calexico and Iron & Wine tell us about their collaboration LP, Years To Burn. On the 40th anniversary of Joy Division's stellar debut Unknown Pleasures, Peter Hook takes us inside the making of the album, and we look back at another classic, Talk Talk's The Colour Of Spring. We also pay tribute to US indie label Merge on their 30th birthday and hear from James Lavelle about working with DJ Shadow, Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and Danny Boyle. If all that's not enough, we bring you 40 essential vinyl samplers and meet Super Furry Animals artwork designer Pete Fowler. Plus you'll find the widest range of new album, reissue and hi-fi gear reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…