Kristjana is delighted to reveal that she has designed the latest Coldplay album artwork. A Head Full of Dreams: Live in Buenos Aires and Live in Sao Paulo was recorded late last year by the legendary British band and features much of their most memorable music.
The cover reflects this weaving together many emblematic visuals from the band’s 20 year history. ‘This has been months in the making and I’m thrilled to be involved with such incredible musicians,’ says the London-based artist. ‘There is so much for me to draw on stylistically, from their unforgettable album covers, to their videos and interviews.’
As well as an abundance of whimsical re-imagined animals that are intrinsic to Williams’ style, the artwork features recognisable Coldplay iconography – from the Flower of Life image from A Head Full of Dreams, to the digitally rendered face from A Rush of Blood to the Head. These are woven together with motifs from the band’s history from a street sign from 268 Camden Road, the flat where Coldplay had their first rehearsal, to an image of Chris with a vodka and cranberry, the drink he turns to when he’s not happy with something he’s done.
‘In the centre of the butterfly is the piano the band always take on tour and the butterfly itself represents Asia, Europe and the Americas,’ says Kristjana.
‘The monkeys which are a recurrent theme in my work and feature in Coldplay’s Adventures of a Lifetime video too, here represent the band with Jonny and Will on the right and Chris and Guy on the left.’
An accompanying documentary about Coldplay's 20 year career filmed by acclaimed director Mat Whitecross will be screened on Amazon Prime on November 16th 2018.
Inspired by the Coldplay collaboration, Kristjana designed two fantastical limited edition butterfly prints: