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SERGE CLERC

Yes, yet another impossibly cool French gent named Serge. I first drooled over Serge Clerc's absurdly beautiful line work when the New Musical Express, briefly deeming him flavour of the month back in the early 1980s, commissioned him to illustrate their review & gossip sections alongside a posse of similarly talented artists like Ian Wright, Savage Pencil, Chris Long & Graham Humphreys. A veteran of France's punk-era bandes dessine &, subsequently, the legendary Heavy Metal magazine (via Metal Hurlant), New York's terrifyingly hip Danceteria nightclub noticed Clerc's work & request that he design some of their promotional material, thereby bringing him into contact with the NME.

Specialising in gloriously passeist jazz chic & trashy rock'n'roll cool, his tendency towards impossibly proportioned femme fatales made a rather profound impression on me as a spotty, awkward 14 year old. Though his most recognised works in the U.K. are still, arguably, his mid-80s sleeve designs for Carmel & Joe Jackson, Clerc remains enormously popular in France where his stylised 50s/60s classicism has never slipped out of fashion. Check out this superb fansite to see what he's up to nowadays...
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4 comments:

  1. One of my fave Serge illustrations is a couple Jiving like crazy - I used as a cover for home cassette comps

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  2. Yeah, I know the sort of illo you mean, there are lots that I remember from the NME, etc that I couldn't find online (I don't have any old NMEs left to scan pics from unfortunately). I've just picked up a 1979 copy of Heavy Metal on eBay with Serge's entire Captain Future strip in it, am really looking forward to finally seeing that!

    I'm really fond of Serge's stuff but can't find a decent book about him anywhere - can you recommend anything? Ta...

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  3. If you like Serge Clerc, you can explore this new site about his work : http://memoiresdelespion.blogspot.com/

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  4. Wow, what a fantastic site! Many thanks for the tip-off, Basil... x

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