In 1981 PAN decided to bring out a series of four books titled ‘Spotlight On ….” French, German, Italian and Spanish. The format was that they contained clippings from advertisements, newspapers, cartoons, instruction manuals, books etc. all in the language of that particular title. What makes them a little different was that, although using the same format of representative everyday items of that country on a coffee table, all the covers are by different artists. The Creative Director at the time was Gary Day-Ellison and he contacted four graduates from the Royal College of Art in London to paint the covers which apparently had to be done in a bit of a rush.
I decided to see if the artists are still at work and managed to contact three of the four namely Russell Mills, Chloe Cheese and Cathie Felstead who all kindly replied (are you out there Gary McCarver?)
Russell painted at least six covers for PAN and I’ve tracked down five so if I can’t find the missing one I’ll put up the others next week.