Tributes paid to Pink Floyd album artist Storm Thorgerson

Pink Floyd - Animals In a career spanning six-decades of music, Thorgerson was perhaps best known for his work with prog-rockers Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here His knack for blending the banal with the disturbing created some truly memorable artwork, which often left the viewer uneasy
Pink Floyd - The Divison Bell Always visually striking, Thorgerson designed more than ten albums for the band, as well as boxed sets and reissues
Peter Gabriel A much sought after artist, his arresting style is evident on his cover for former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel
Led Zeppelin - Presence He created the cover art for Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy and their Presence album. The black obelisk was referred to simply as The Object.
Biffy Clyro - Puzzle Thorgerson continued working with new artists across the 21st Century including Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro
Muse - Absolution He returned to his prog-rock roots when he worked with Muse, beginning with 2003's Absolution. All Copyright owned by Storm Thorgerson.

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is among the artists who have praised album artwork designer Storm Thorgerson, who has died aged 69.

In a statement, he recalled his "great ideas and high, sometimes infuriatingly high, standards".

Mason said the artist - whose work included The Dark Side of the Moon - was a "tireless worker right up to the end".

Vocalist Dave Gilmour called him "an inseparable part of our work".

The childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.

Mason said: "Two days before he passed away, and by then completely exhausted, he was still demanding approval for artwork and haranguing his loyal assistants."

He said the artist was a "dear friend to all of us, our children, our wives (and the exes); endlessly intellectual and questioning; breathtakingly late for appointments and meetings, but once there, invaluable for his ideas, humour, and friendship".

Storm Thorgerson

Thorgerson credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.

His family released a statement saying he died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family and friends.

"He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003," it said.

"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."

Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour said: "We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.

"He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him."

'Simple idea'

A statement on the Pink Floyd.com official site said: "We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died.

Battersea Power Station The Animals cover was recreated in 2001 to mark the release of several Pink Floyd albums

"Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."

Thorgerson began his career with UK design group Hipgnosis, founded in the late 1960s and his distinctive style made him one of the industry's most recognisable artists.

Among his Pink Floyd covers, there was the mournful-looking cow on the front of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, the giant pig flying over Battersea Power Station and the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across The Dark Side Of The Moon.

He told the BBC in 2009: "It's a nice but simple idea. Refracting light through a prism is a common feature in nature, as in a rainbow. I would like to claim it, but unfortunately it's not mine!"

The idea was sparked by Pink Floyd's keyboard player, the late Richard Wright, he explained.

"He said, somewhat provocatively, 'Let's not have one of your photos, we've had your photos before. Can't we have a change? A cool graphic - something smart, tidy, elegant.'"

Fans and artists, including Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, also took to Twitter to express their sadness - The Telegraph's rock critic Neil McCormack tweeted: "RIP Storm Thorgerson. The pig has flown."

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon said simply: "Storm X".

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