2112 – Spotlight on Hugh Syme

Rush 2112 album cover photo

Hugh Syme is a graphic artist best known as the man responsible for all but the first 2 of Rush’s album cover art, including the brand new 2112 5.1 cover. He also created Rush’s famous starman logo, though he never imagined the band would use it, nor that it would gain such international recognizably as their main logo. He collaborated with Ian Thomas as both keyboardist and songwriter from 1973 to 1980, eventually leading to his alliance with Rush, as they were both then managed by SRO/Anthem. Other musicians he has designed and created artwork for include Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Meatloaf, Megadeth, Styx, Queensrÿche, Asia, Dave Edmunds, Joe Walsh, Earth Wind and Fire and Dream Theater – and hundreds more.

Being a fellow musician, he has also contributed piano and keyboards on 4 Rush albums.

Hugh Syme’s art education came from the Toronto New School of Art in Toronto and York University in York, England. In addition to the album covers for which he is now internationally-renowned, Syme has worked on advertisements such companies as Xerox, AT&T, The Washington Post, Virgin, Bausch & Lomb, Universal Studios, Miramax, Forbes, Panasonic, Paramount, MGM Grand, Microsoft, Sony, Alpine Audio, Disney, Time Warner, numerous international advertising agencies; he has contributed his vision and artistic style to a wide range of video and packaging designs. He is also an accomplished portrait artist.

For more information and to view his portfolio, visit www.hughsyme.com.


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