Hypergallery is proud to present a beautifully-produced portfolio box set containing 10 signed limited edition photographs of Michael Spencer Jones’ iconic artwork as well as a large format book of mainly previously unseen images of Oasis as you’ve never seen them before.
The box-set represents a publishing first and offers the discerning collector with an investment opportunity which can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Unlike most bands of their stature, Oasis seemed to burst onto the music scene ‘fully formed’. This, of course was partly due to their innate understanding of the history of rock and their own place within it. It was also due to the public image that was projected by the pictures of the band, which adorned their first single, and album releases…pictures, which were created by Michael Spencer Jones.
In a five year journey which began with a photo-shoot of an unknown band at Manchester’s Out of the Blue studios in 1993, Michael Spencer Jones worked closely with Oasis to create a series of enduring images which adorned the bands first three albums and their accompanying singles.
Appearing in a strictly limited edition of 250 copies worldwide, Out of the Blue brings together for the first time an important collection of extraordinary photographs of one of England’s finest ever bands during what is often referred to as their ‘golden years’.
The portfolio comprises 10 signed original limited edition photographs of Oasis’ iconic sleeve artwork. They include their first 3 album covers, Definitely Maybe, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now; together with 7 of their single covers, Supersonic, Shaker Maker, Cigarettes & Alcohol, Whatever, Roll With It, Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back In Anger. All the photographs have been printed onto crystal archive paper using the original camera negative, and are of stunning quality. Furthermore, all the photographs have been individually mounted within museum acid-free window mounts, and all have been individually signed and numbered by Michael Spencer Jones.
Michael Spencer Jones had unprecedented access to Oasis; backstage, in the studio, in concert, and off duty. The photos featured in the book, the majority of which have never been seen before, have been carefully selected from Michael’s vast Oasis archive of over 8,000 images. An illuminating 12,500 word text written by Michael of his experiences with the band also accompanies the book.
The 198 page large format book is only available as part of this portfolio box set and is strictly limited to 250 copies worldwide. Each book is individually signed and numbered by Michael Spencer Jones, hand-bound in quarter leather and printed on 200gsm acid free matt art paper with silver gilt edges. The book has been printed and bound by Grafiche Milani of Italy, one of the world’s leading makers of fine limited edition books. All images in the book have been spot varnished and have been printed using the finest offset printing technology. The book has been beautifully designed by Wherefore Art? who designed the multi million selling The Beatles Anthology and many other fine books.
To maintain the integrity of the edition the plates used to produce the book were destroyed after production ensuring the books investment potential.
The book reveals not only a deep insight into Oasis, the making of these great covers and the shoots surrounding them but also into the mind, art and surreal world of Michael’s photography
In order to accommodate and protect both prints and book for posterity, a beautiful and stylish bespoke case has been designed. Handmade by craftsmen, the portfolio case is made from durable and hard wearing Pellaq and luxuriously lined with silsuede. The book is housed in its own ‘secret’ recess beneath the limited edition photographs.
The image size is approx. 28 x 28cm, the mount size is approx. 38.5 x 39.5 cm. Each limited edition photograph is housed within its own archival acid-free museum mount and is personally numbered and signed by Michael Spencer Jones and is further authenticated by his photographer’s seal. They have been printed on crystal archive paperusing the original camera negative or transparency. These are limited edition are first generation photographs, not inkjets.
The book contains 198 pages of full colour including pages of trace and acetate. Each copy is ¼ bound in leather with silver foil blocking on the front and spine and has silver edged gilt pages. It weighs 1.9 kilos and has been printed on 200 gsm acid free matt art paper with spot varnishing to each image. Each book has been individually numbered and personally signed by Michael Spencer Jones.
The Portfolio Box
The box measures 42 x 40 x 8cm and has been hand-made by craftsmen in durable dark blue pellaq. It is lined with dark blue silsuede with in its own silsuede recess to house the limited edition book.