Roger Waters had a “strange marriage” with the designer of “The Wall”
Famous British artist Gerald Scarfe recalled the “strange marriage” he shared with Roger Waters while the couple were working on the iconic Pink Floyd album. The wall.
Scarfe, best known at the time as a political cartoonist, said he found himself “puzzled” when asked to invent visual versions of the characters on the 1979 LP, although he did. added that he was satisfied with the results.
âI had to create all the characters – the wives, the mother, the teacher and all those semi-caricatured figures – very quickly because the album was coming out,â he said. Uncut (Going through Music news). “The band was in the south of France and I kept flying to meet them. I actually designed the album cover on Roger’s kitchen table.”
He continued, âAs a visual artist, The wall was fascinating to me because there was so much to dig and explore. All the images had come out of my head. Roger was the initiator, but my drawings were my translations of his visions. He had his own opinions, but he accepted what I was doing. It was truly a strange marriage, but we became very close friends.
He recalled the associated show as “incredibly ambitious, with my original artwork turned into inflatable puppets”, and described working on the film version of The wall as “difficult and very difficult”, although the whole experience was “fascinating”. He added: âLooking back, I’m amazed that he turned out to be what he is. It’s iconic work and I’m proud that blending my visuals with their sounds seemed to work. To this day, I still get emails and commissions from Pink Floyd fans all over the world.
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