Hugh Syme is a Canadian Juno Award winning artist and member of the Premier Artists Collection (PAC) who is best known for his artwork and cover concepts for rock and metal bands. Syme is notably responsible for all of Rush's album cover art since 1975.
Syme describes his style as “improbable reality,” in which he seamlessly meshes stark realism with dreamlike visual fantasy.
Iron Maiden fans remember him best as the designer of The X Factor cover, which shows the band's mascot Eddie dissected. It is remembered for its gritty realism. Whereas all previous Maiden albums were oil paintings, the X Factor Eddie was a puppet with some digital touch-ups to enhance its look.
Other bands Syme has done artwork for include: Styx, Whitesnake, Aeromith and many more.
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