Jeff Johns painting of the Roebling Bridge for STEERSMEN album art


Jeff Johns painting of the Roebling Bridge for STEERSMEN album art

A nice shout out by The Steersmen, a Chicago based band who used one of my paintings for their album art. Check out their website to see more! JJ

Here’s a transcript from The Steersmen Site.

This post is about the neo-impressionist painter Jeff Johns, who was kind enough to let us use his acrylic painting of the Roebling suspension bridge for the album art of our album. You can find much of his work here.

“An artist is paid not for his labor but for his vision.”
— James Whistler

This past winter I spent a lot of time doing things related to our album:

• Checking on final mixes
• Finding a mastering engineer
• Pulling out my hair because we couldn’t find art that matched our music

Suddenly, by the grace/pure-randomness of the internet, the latter problem was solved.

I came across an artist named Jeff Johns on twitter. After following him I was immediately intrigued by the color-schemes that he used on his acrylic paintings. A lot of vibrant colors against a black background, which is exactly the type of painting we tried (I emphasize the word “tried”) to simulate on our ep cover here:

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Many of his paintings matched up with my fondness for urban areas, light reflections, and bridges. It was  perfect. I shot him a message asking to use one of his paintings and he couldn’t have been a nicer artist to work with.

Here’s the final design.


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