Dream In Colour: The Art of Stylorouge
Art, Graphic Design
Posted by Gavin Lucas, 10 January 2012, 11:02 Permalink Comments (1)
Perhaps best known for its posters and promotional campaign for Danny Boyle’s 1996 film Trainspotting, and the cover of Blur’s Parklife album cover (crop shown above), design studio Stylorouge celebrated its 30th birthday last summer. To mark the occasion, the studio has been working on a host of self-initiated artworks which are about to go on show at London’s Aubin Gallery…
Stylorouge was formed in 1981 when Rob O’Connor, left his job in the art department at Polydor Records to go solo. Early clients include Siouxsie & The Banshees, Level 42 and Kirsty MacColl, The Passions (signed to The Cure’s label, Fiction) and the then teenage duo known as Wham, to whose name Stylorouge added an exclamation mark.
“Yes, I spent three years at Polydor before starting up on my own, at the arse end of punk,” says Rob O’Connor. “The thing is – it was never my intention to do something longlasting, it was about making good work. Really, lasting 30 years is no more impressive than lasting two years,” he says of the studio’s longevity. “I’ve never really wanted to do something else or had the ambition to build the company into some major thing,” he continues. It’s not about being a business man for me, but about having some job satisfaction.”