Stanley Donwood
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Art from ‘Dead Children Playing’

Stanley Donwood’s acrylic, charcoal and paper on canvas “Avert Your Eyes” (2000) can be found in “Dead Children Playing: A Picture Book” by Stanley Donwood and Dr. Tchock, the nom de canvas of Radiohead front man Thom Yorke. The new book is devoted to the visual side of the British rock group Radiohead and features reproductions of the group’s album art, other works by Donwood and commentary. (Stanley Donwood)
Stanley Donwood’s “Trade Center.” The acrylic, charcoal and blackboard paint on canvas was created around the “Kid A” album in 2000. (Stanley Donwood)
Stanley Donwood’s “War Village” is a personal painting that, Donwood says, recollects the wars in Albania, Serbia and Croatia. “Burnt fields, the ghosts of the slaughtered villagers, the trees witnessing silently all that occurs.” (Stanley Donwood)
Stanley Donwood’s “Residential Nemesis.” “This was pretty much a direct response to the bombing of a block of residential flats in the former Yugoslavia,” he says. “The painting was used in various ways, fairly extensively, for ‘Kid A.’ ” (Stanley Donwood)
This personal work was created when Donwood thought he hadn’t quite finished the “Hail to the Thief” series. “I drew a map of the USA and filled it with the names of the companies invited to tender for contracts for the ‘reconstruction’ of Iraq, after it had been bombed,” he says. “But I got so angry I attacked the canvas with a sort of polluted ice age.” (Stanley Donwood)
Stanley Donwood’s “Hole,” acrylic on canvas, 2005, was inspired by a hike in England in which he observed a number of circular holes in the landscape. (Stanley Donwood)
“ ‘The Minos Walls’ are imagined panels from the subterranean labyrinth inhabited by the minotaur, a monster created by gods and men, fed live human flesh, abandoned to its fate,” Donwood says. The painting was used for Radiohead’s “Amnesiac” album. (Stanley Donwood)
“London” is part of the series of paintings Donwood did for the Radiohead album “Hail to the Thief.” Donwood got maps of cities in the news and filled the real estate with words. “This was before the London bombings, but unfortunately they were kind of horribly inevitable.” (Stanley Donwood)
“Pacific Coast” began as a painting of a hill Donwood saw one evening, but became a map of Santa Monica, filled with words he read and noted down while traveling the roads of Los Angeles. This became the cover for Radiohead’s “Hail to the Thief.” (Stanley Donwood)
Stanley Donwood’s “Grozny,” part of the “Hail to the Thief” series. (Stanley Donwood)
Cover of the book “Dead Children Playing: A Picture Book,” by Stanley Donwood and Dr. Tchock. (Stanley Donwood)