Luton-born Bowie album designer ‘heartbroken’ by legend’s death

David Bowie died on Sunday

David Bowie died on Sunday

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A Luton-born designer who created the artwork for David Bowie’s final four albums has said that he has been left ‘devastated’ by the legendary musician’s death.

Former Barnfield College student Jonathan Barnbrook first collaborated with Bowie on the artwork for his 2002 album, Heathen.

Jonathan Barnbrook designed the cover for The Next Day, pictured, and three other Bowie albums.

Jonathan Barnbrook designed the cover for The Next Day, pictured, and three other Bowie albums.

He then went on to design the covers for Reality, The Next Day and Blackstar– Bowie’s final album which was released just two days before his death from cancer.

The passing of the internationally renowned musician has sent shockwaves across the country.

In a tribute, Mr Barnbrook said: “David changed my life in so many ways, he was one of the most positive, gracious, inspirational creative people I have met or worked with.

“Despite all of the pressure of such a big project he made it fun– it was just me and him, trying something new.”

He added: “There are some people who are famous and end up taking themselves incredibly seriously, he however had a brilliant sense of humour and was first to make fun of himself.

“Imagine the most charming person you have met, then times it by 10 that was what it was like working with Bowie– truly a generous human being.”

For Bowie’s penultimate album, The Next Day, Mr Barnbrook took the artwork from Heroes and obscured it with a large white square to “obliterate the past.”

The work was kept under wraps for a long period as Bowie announced the album just two months before its release.

For Bowie’s last album cover the designer opted for a minimalistic approach, setting a black star against a white backdrop.