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Artist Ioannis talks about creating album cover art for Allman Brothers, Styx, Alan Parsons and others

The longtime classic rock artist comes on the Goldmine podcast to tell the many stories behind the album covers of The Allman Brothers Band, Styx, Alan Parsons and others.
Ioannis signing a print of Styx album cover art. Photo courtesy of Ioannis.

Ioannis signing a print of Styx album cover art. Photo courtesy of Ioannis.

The artist Ioannis has designed and/or illustrated over 1975 album covers. He has done a ton more for tour books, music promotions and band merchandising. In fact, the latest issue of Goldmine on The Allman Brothers Band was made into a limited-edition Collector's Edition with one of his classic mushroom ABB art prints (hand-signed!) Check it out HERE or click on banner, below.

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Ioannis will also discuss his Alan Parsons and Styx album covers and lots more!

Those into the history of album art will absolutely love it — listen below!

   

About Ioannis

Ioannis is an internationally famous Greek-born artist and designer from Athens.

In 1967 as a child he immigrated with his family to the United States. At an early age,he was influenced by American comic books, animation, fantasy art, and rock music. He was interested as a teenager to pursue a career in comic book art. He decided in his late teens to move in the direction of album cover art and was heavily influenced by the album cover art of Roger Dean and the album design work of Storm Thorgerson (Hipgnosis).

Ioannis was still in college when he designed and painted his first record album cover and art directed his first MTV video for Sony Records, in 1983. That Ioannis album cover painting was for the group Art in America (Sony Records) and would later be featured in the book ‘1000 Record Covers’ by Michael Ochs as one of the best covers of the 80”s in a collection that spans forty years.

By the summer of 1985, Ioannis was working at the prominent management company Lieber and Krebs (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Scorpions), designing logos and tour posters for their list of clients. He also designed covers for Metal Blade records – among them his legendary artwork for prog metal act Fates Warning.

In 1989, he became the creative director for Mechanic Records/MCA, and designed covers and promotional material for all their releases – most notability Dream Theater and Voivod. He start- ed to receive commissions from other companies and labels who wanted to tap into his artwork and art direction – including the platinum-selling act Extreme.

In 1994, he launched Vivid Images Design with his brother and internet consultant George, where he created campaigns, art-directed photo shoots, videos, merchandise, logos, corporate identities, and cover art for music clients and media companies. Current and past clients include Universal Music, Sony Music, Starz, IFC Films, EMI, Virgin Records, Tribune, and XM Satellite radio, and scores of classic rock stations. Ioannis also has designed over 350 record covers and singles, for such groups as Deep Purple, Allman Brothers, Uriah Heep, Styx, Blue Oyster Cult, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Bob Weir, Starship, Yngwie Malmsteen, Biohazard, Sepultura, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fates Warning, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Johnny Winter, Extreme, UFO, Overkill, The Tubes, Eddie Money, Jon Anderson (YES), Warrant, Dokken, Slaughter and many others.

In 2006, he created the film poster for Isabella Roselinni’s THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD movie for Independent Film Channel Films. In 2010, he started exhibiting his work internationally and launched DANGEROUS AGE – a website to showcase his artwork and allow fans to purchase original art and signed prints, that adorned the covers of his music clients. His limited edition signed prints and originals have been made available through various commercial outlets galleries and online stores.

In 2011, he co-authored with famous rock writer Martin Popoff the book ‘FADE TO BLACK THE 200 BEST HARD ROCK VINYL COVERS’ (a best seller) and ‘GET THE LED OUT’ with Denny Somach about the career of LED ZEPPELIN. Ioannis did the book cover and fifteen paintings depicting the various stages of the band’s legendary career. The originals were quickly acquired by collectors and sold out. His work is also featured in THE ALLMAN BROTHERS MUSEUM THE BIG HOUSE IN MA- CON GEORGIA. He also collaborated with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead on a series of prints.

He is currently – other than working on several new album cover art projects – setting up exhibitions around the world for 2021. He’s also working on a book about his career designing artwork and his experiences with music celebrities, plus a collaboration with photographer legend Mick Rock for a series of paintings. A book about the Beatles with Denny Somach and also an interactive animated project featuring his art and original electronic music, called DIGITAL GOTHIC.

Other projects completed in 2020 and upcoming in 2021 include art projects linked to Uriah Heep, Trevor Bolder, Fates Warning, Allman Brothers, Quiet Riot, Led Zeppelin, and Metal Hall of Fame, plus releasing a limited edition series of t-shirts of his images.

Few artists have compiled as impressive and lengthy a resume as Ioannis has. And his work within the realm of rock music speaks for itself. 

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