Hugh Syme - "Improbable Reality" Exhibit

Exhibit:  June 21 – July 22   •   Reception: June 23, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.  

Internationally renowned graphic artist Hugh Syme has been creating album covers for over four decades, most notably designing all but the first two album covers for the band Rush. He has also created covers for Megadeath, Aerosmith, Supertramp, KISS, Iron Maiden, and more.

Syme describes his style as “improbable reality,” in which he seamlessly meshes stark realism with dreamlike visual fantasy.

Gravity Ascension - Copyright Hugh Syme
Grace Under Pressure - Copyright Hugh Syme
  • 1999: Best Album Design nomination – Different Stages by Rush, with Geddy Lee and Andrew MacNaughtan
  • 1993: Best Album Design nomination – Dear Dear by 54-40
  • 1992: Best Album Design nomination – Big House by Big House
  • 1992: Best Album Design win – Roll the Bones by Rush
  • 1991: Best Album Design nomination – Oceanview Motel by Mae Moore
  • 1991: Best Album Design nomination – Snow in June by The Northern Pikes
  • 1990: Best Album Design win – Presto by Rush
  • 1990: Best Album Design nomination – Rockland by Kim Mitchell
  • 1989: Best Album Graphics win – Levity by Ian Thomas
  • 1986: Best Album Graphics nomination – Robot Man and Friends by Peter Shelly, with Heather Brown and Peter Shelly
  • 1986: Best Album Graphics win – Power Windows by Rush, with Dimo Safari
  • 1985: Best Album Graphics nomination – At the Feet of the Moon by Parachute Club, with Deborah Samuel
  • 1983: Best Album Graphics nomination – Signals by Rush
  • 1983: Best Album Graphics nomination – One False Move by Harlequin
  • 1982: Best Album Graphics nomination – Exit…Stage Left by Rush, with Deborah Samuel
  • 1982: Best Album Graphics win – Moving Pictures by Rush, with Deborah Samuel
  • 1981: Best Album Graphics nomination – Lookin’ for Trouble by Toronto, with Michael Gray
  • 1978: Best Album Graphics nomination – A Farewell to Kings by Rush

          Source: Juno Awards and Wikipedia

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