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Tony Common is Lost In Space

10 November 2016 @ 12:00 am


Tony Common graduated from Plymouth School of Art in 1961, freelancing as a Book Jacket designer, an illustrator of magazines & LP covers, to an Art Director of Penthouse magazine; embracing London’s ‚ÄòSwinging Sixties‚Äô cultural revolution. He went on to design an entire generations look of the world with his art direction in music, films, tv and commercial. The paintings in Lost In Space are poignant and witty reflections of man’s inability to communicate with the important things on Earth. Wrapped up with technology we are all rapidly losing our connection to the magical things like birds, whales and elephants. With our need to explore Space here’s hoping it isn’t because we’ve destroyed everything on Earth leaving only¬Ý a hovering memory or an Instagram image of what used to exist.

¬Ý¬ÝTony’s Brief working History

18 years as head of the BBC Scenic Art Department led him into a life of designing Dr Who, Monty Python, Dads Army, I,Claudius and Pennies From Heaven amongst others.

In the early 1980s, he left the BBC to work as a Scenic Artist / Art Director for commercials, music videos and films.

Some of the films included Bugsy Malone, Alien, White Mischief, Highlander, Blade Runner, Outland, Company of Wolves, Lost in Space.


Some of the Commercials are the classic ‘Mash get Smash’, Chanel 5, Guinness, British Airways, Hamlet, Cadbury’s Flake, Turkish Delight, Benson & Hedges, Bacardi, Gordons Gin, Wrigleys, OXO, 1984 Apple Macintosh (Ridley Scott).


Some of the pop videos he art directed include The First pop video Buggles ‚ÄòVideo Killed the Radio Star,‚Äô Michael Jackson ‚ÄòBeat It‚Äô, Queen ‚Äì most memorable being ‚ÄòI want to Break Free‚Äô, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Police, Sting ‚Äì Fields of Gold, Robert Palmer ‚ÄòAddicted to Love’, Billy Idol ‚ÄòWhite Wedding‚Äô, David Bowie ‚ÄòAshes to Ashes; Dancing in the Street‚Äô, Billy Joel ‚ÄòUptown Girl‚Äô, Elton John, Kim Wilde, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Sade ‚Äì Is it a Crime, Enya, Tina Turner ‚Äì a favourite being Private Dancer, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Def Leppard


EXHIBITION opens on the 10th Nov- closing party15th Dec

Paintings, prints and drawings





10 November 2016
12:00 am
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