Australian visual artist Ian McCausland, who illustrated for the Rolling Stones and Skyhooks, has died

McCausland created the tour poster for the Stones' 1973 Australian visit, and designed album art for Daddy Cool, Skyhooks, Dragon and more

Australian visual artist Ian McCausland – who designed artwork for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dragon, Skyhooks, the Little River Band and more – has passed away.

McCausland’s death was confirmed in a statement shared to the artist’s Facebook page yesterday (August 9), stating that he had passed away that morning in hospital. “Ian was a true legend and a [pioneer] of Australian music art,” it continued. “His granddaughter Dia will continue to keep his legacy alive by keeping this page, his website, and his work going.”

Throughout the 1970s, McCausland created artwork for many Australian rock acts of the era. Albums he designed the cover art for included Daddy Cool’s 1971 debut ‘Daddy Who? Daddy Cool’, Skyhooks’ ‘Straight in a Gay, Gay World’ and ‘Guilty Until Proven Insane’ and Dragon’s ‘O Zambezi’. He also created the Little River Band’s logo.

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McCausland also designed many tour posters throughout the years. The most notable was for the Rolling Stones’ 1973 tour of Australia, in which the Stones’ iconic tongue and lips logo is splashed over Australia on a globe, with a plane headed straight towards it. The poster is arguably McCausland’s most prominent work, with original copies sought after by Stones fans.

See some of McCausland’s work below, and via his website here.

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In Under the Covers, a book about McCausland’s art released in 1998, the artist is quoted saying his work was “very influenced by San Francisco’s psychedelic Fillmore posters, Robert Crumb, and Kelly of Mouse Studios”. McCausland also worked as an Art Director for Australian pop newspaper Go-Set, as well as for Mushroom Records.

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