Book Released In Memory Of Run Wrake

By Jo Phillips


Prolific graphic design artist, animator and music fanatic Run Wrake put his passions together and created live visuals for U2 (including the 360° tour) and Rolling Stones concerts, as well as music videos for Gang of Four, Stereo MCs and Howie B. For some though he will be most remembered for his iconic illustrations of musicians that accompanied album reviews in NME’s magazine. A book entitled End Of A Century has been released to honour the man -who sadly passed away in 2012- and focuses on the work he produced during the 1990s, that evidently summarized the most metamorphosed pop decade.

Works of art varied in music genre and included Madonna, Public Enemy, Prince, The Fall, Aphex Twin’s pseudonym Polygon Window and Blur and depicted their auras using pop art collage and surrealism techniques.The book could be seen as a social commentary on the vast spectrum of 90’s genres, that stretched from street gangster rap to studio-manufactured popstars. Like Wrake’s work, it’s reflective rather than selective of it’s subjects. It has been collated together by his widow Lisa Wrake and features a prologue from former NME editor Andrew Collins.

End Of A Century will be release on 25th June through the publisher SelfMadeHero.

Previously Run Wrake was featured in issue 15 of Cent Magazine, which can be found here:

The Keith Reilly issue, titled ‘Sense of Purpose’ featuring contributions from Angus Hyland on Graphic Mapping, Adam Jacot de Boinod on the wonders of language, Pascal Comelade on reworks of classical music, David Shrigley demonstrates artworks from his “Red Book” and find further contributions from Vivienne Westwood, James Blake, Andrew Logan and many more. This issue covers areas that truly has ‘sense of purpose’ and helps us to think differently by changing our perception.

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