“Everything about him was fascinating, from exploring gender, identity, humanity and morality throughout his work.”
Dublin’s Bowie Festival — a mix of performances, screenings and other celebrations of his work and legacy – kicked off in early January.
This group show will feature 25 specially created typographic posters, one for every studio album released by the icon during his five-decade-long career.
Each poster has been created by some of the best creatives in the industry, from both Dublin and London.
All prints in the show are available to buy, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.
The exhibition is organised by Jennifer O’Brien, a graduate of NCAD and designer at Image Now.
“The response has been incredible. The whole show came together in a matter of weeks, between writing a brief, contacting printers, and getting all the creatives involved.
We sent a call out just before the Christmas rush, which was crazy, but we really couldn’t believe how eager everyone was to get involved and contribute really considered and beautifully executed pieces.
It’s an amazing thing to see people come together create original work that represents the retrospective of David Bowie’s legacy, and to contribute to such a great cause.”
“It was my mum who first introduced me to his music, so I had always had a connection to him through her. The really captivating thing about him for me came from his changing persona and his ability to constantly reinvent himself and express himself down so many creative avenues.
Everything about him was fascinating, from exploring gender, identity, humanity and morality throughout his work.
It’s important to continue celebrating his legacy and how he influenced so many people to be open and express themselves freely.
It is especially important to consider this today in a contemporary Ireland, where we have allowed voices to be heard on issues of equality and made a positive change on our own society.
It’s the people like David Bowie who encourage others to be fearless and open to new ideas and opinions.”
Sound + Vision is a collaboration between Image Now Gallery, Dublin Bowie Festival, Hang Tough and Hens Teeth, and runs from January 5th – February 16th at the Image Now Gallery, 17a New Bride Street, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
Words: David Wall
Designer / Album / Year
Jordan Huysmans / David Bowie / 1967
Unthink / Spaced Oddity / 1969
John Paul Dowling / The Man Who Sold The World / 1970
Sinéad McAleer & Kathryn Wilson/ Hunky Dory / 1971
Cian O’Connell/ The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars / 1972
Detail / Aladdin Sane / 1973
Post / Pin Ups / 1973
NiamhMcNally / Diamond Dogs / 1974
Marcus Swan / Young Americans / 1975
Fox&Mouse / Station To Station / 1976
WorkGroup / Low / 1977
Dynamo / “Heroes” / 1977
One Strong Arm / Lodger/ 1979
Kidd Katie / Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) / 1980
Image Now / Let’s Dance / 1983
Richard Seabrooke / Tonight / 1984
Mike Simpson / Never Let Me Down / 1987
Signal Type Foundry / Black Tie, White Noise/ 1993
Design factory / Outside / 1995
Oscar Torrans / Earthling / 1997
OrStudio / Hours / 1999
Diane Dear / Heathen / 2002
Aiden Grennelle / Reality / 2003
Red&Grey / The Next Day / 2013
Bureau Bonanza / Blackstar / 2016