Topographies of the Imagination: Roger Dean and the Gates of Delirium

Roger Dean – Meeting Place

In this story, I was attracted to the idea of pathways through paintings, music and writing, and wanted to bring these three arts together. It was a huge pleasure working with Roger Dean, who is a real gentleman. It was especially good to be the first to show a couple of his new paintings in public.

When I bought the Yes album “Relayer” as a teenager, I was more attracted to the art than the music. I thought it was wonderful and wanted to go into the world that Roger created. Album cover art was incredibly influential upon us. It’s a pity that the relationship between art and music that the album covers provided has mostly been reduced to the tiny images that accompany digital music, but nevertheless, covers like these have influenced generations of artists to produce the imaginative realist art we enjoy today. Other album covers that particularly influenced my interest in art were the Iron Maiden records, and covers designed by Hipgnosis, like Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”

The article is a continuation of my previous story “The Money in Imagination.” Roger’s painting is an icon of imaginative realism and is destined to belong to a museum one day, where it will be venerated as one of the canonical images of this important strand of art history.

Read the whole story here.

Roger Dean – Gates of Delirium

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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