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Brian Cannon

Artist Biography

Born in Wigan in 1966, Brian Cannon is a graphic designer, photographer and art director. He studied Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic and founded the legendary Microdot design company in 1990.

Cannon has worked extensively in the music industry and created iconic album covers for some of the most successful and celebrated albums of recent generations. He is closely associated with Oasis and produced the artwork for the band’s first three albums and singles including Definitely Maybe, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now. He also worked with The Verve and Super Furry Animals, following the lineage of Sir Peter Blake, Storm Thorgeson and Peter Saville, elevating the record sleeve to an art form.

As an artist Cannon understands his subjects implicitly; his detailed approach channels surrealism through a punk rock filter, often incorporating motifs from popular culture. His print edition ‘Adidas Indoor Super’ features a stark depiction of the trainers he wore at the time of his historic first meeting with Noel Gallagher. The pair met fortuitously in a lift in Manchester with Cannon’s footwear prompting Gallagher’s direct question: “Where the f*** did y'get them trainers?!” Their subsequent conversation and mutual admiration led to a distinguished collaboration, with Cannon going on to design the band’s iconic record sleeves, concert programmes, tickets, posters and various other merchandise.

A hugely respected figure within the industry, Cannon was presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Global Annual Design Awards in 2011. The Guardian remarked on "his grandiose, ridiculously time-consuming photo shoots” and his designs for Definitely Maybe (Oasis) and This Is Music (The Verve) featured in Q Magazine's ‘Hundred Best Record Covers Of All Time’. Cannon also appears in person on his design for Oasis’ ground-breaking second LP (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, listed as the fourth biggest selling British album of all time.

Brian Cannon now lives and works in the Lake District.