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Designer of iconic 4AD album covers, Vaughan Oliver, dies aged 62

He was the legendary label's first employee in 1980

Designer for Independent record label 4AD, Vaughan Oliver, has died aged 62.

Oliver's friend and design collaborator, Andrew Shaughnessy, shared the news yesterday (29th) that the designer had passed away peacefully with his partner Lee by his side.

A designer for record label 4AD since 1980, Oliver worked on legendary album sleeves for Pixies' entire discogaphy, Cocteau Twins, and This Mortal Coil. His mysterious style of art was inspired by Salvador Dalí, and in 2011, Oliver was awarded an honorary Master of Arts from the University for the Creative Arts in England.

Speaking in a statement on Instagram, 4AD wrote: "We are incredibly sad to learn of the passing of Vaughan Oliver; there was no-one else like him. Without Vaughan, 4AD would not be 4AD and it’s no understatement to say that his style also helped to shape graphic design in the late-20th century."

4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell also wrote in a statement on the label's website: "It is rare to think of someone in one's life and know that with absolute certainty that the course of both our lives were irrevocably changed for the better as a result. The results, the fruit, is available for all to see.. in pictures at least."

Read the full post from Watts-Russell here.