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"Alan Aldridge – the Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes" at Design Museum, London


© Alan Aldridge - the Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes: Madam Bell Donna illustration from The Peacock Party, first published 1979

Starting this week at  the Design Museum is the exhibition “Alan Aldridge – the Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes” and it promises to be feast for fans of Sixties graphic design.

Whilst Aldridge has had an enviable career in design and continues to work today, it is his era-defining designs in the 1960s for which he is best remembered. His work combined faux-naive images, bold colours, references to Art Nouveau and Surrealism to create designs that typified the period. His credits include the seminar art book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics and the film poster for Warhol’s Chelsea Girls, as well as groundbreaking covers for Penguin books.

This exhibition will be the first complete UK retrospective of his work and is not to be missed. Alan Aldridge – the Main with Kaleidoscope Eyes runs from 10 October to 25 January. Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD, 10.00-17.45 daily, T: 0870 833 9955,

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A good Alan Aldridge in the latest issue of GQ (November issue).


Alan also did the artwork for the rather wonderful "Butterfly Ball" which some might remember as an album and pyschedelic children's book.

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