Tom Hingston exhibition showcases Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Chemical Brothers album art

Graphic designer Tom Hingston has partnered with Paul Smith on a new retrospective show of record sleeve art, along with a new clothing collaboration.

Graphic designer Tom Hingston, who has worked with Nick Cave, Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones, has opened an exhibition of his music work at fashion designer Paul Smith’s London store.

Hingston is founder at Hingston Studio, and is celebrating his 20th year of being a designer with a showcase of his best work for musicians.

Chemical Brothers and Grace Jones album art

The exhibition, titled Progress, showcases 16 record sleeves from Hingston’s collection that have been transformed into moving artworks for the show, including projects for musicians Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack and Grace Jones.

They have been recreated as lenticular prints, meaning they have a ridged surface and light shining on them, which gives the illusion of depth and movement when viewers look at them from different angles.

Moving imagery

Hingston says he chose lenticular printing for the changing effect it has on imagery, which aims to demonstrate how we have shifted from looking at static images on printed paper to animated images on digital screens over the last 20 years. It highlights the change from holding a “tangible” object like a record sleeve, to looking at artwork on a mobile phone screen, Hingston says.

“Whether a physical sleeve, a billboard or a digital format, the iconography that sits at the heart of a campaign has always been paramount,” he says. “Exploring how our work translates across different media has always been central to our approach.”

Proceeds from prints go to charity

The prints are available to buy at the exhibition, with all profits going towards the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Alongside the prints, which line the walls of the space, there are four cabinets containing vinyl records, stickers, posters and other items from Hingston Studio’s music archive.

Hingston and Smith have also collaborated on a clothing range to coincide with the exhibition, which includes three jumpers and a jacket inspired by the colours and patterns seen on Hingston’s album artwork for musicians such as Chemical Brothers and Nick Cave.


Progress runs until 20 May 2018 at the flagship Paul Smith store, 9 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BL. Entry is free.

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