*Signed Limited Edition of 75 (for each size)
*Framed Giclée Print
*Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks.
*Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
“I remember we had discussions about the title,” says Neil Peart. “Hugh took it literally: He was going to put ‘Grace’ under ‘Pressure.’”
Inspired by the Keith Jarrett albums he was discovering at the time, Hugh envisioned a purely abstract image in the tradition of the ECM jazz label covers.
“Grace,” denoted by the small letter “G” at the right side of the frame, was symbolized by a vast body of water, serene and mostly untroubled. “Pressure,” denoted by the small letter “P” above the “G,” was represented by roiling and mottled purple clouds. Above the mountainous storm front, the painting becomes increasingly abstract and unsettling. The hard, granite-like section just below the “Rush” lettering includes a tiny jawline with teeth. Hugh points out that there’s also “a bleeding gum line.” The inspiration? Hugh’s visit to the dentist at age nine to have a bicuspid gouged out of his mouth … a tray of stainless steel chisels and hammer in view.
A series of striations, seemingly clawed onto the canvas by a palette knife, draw one’s attention to a small eye gazing out from the center of the crushing atmosphere. Neil and Hugh had talked about going through the ‘eye of the storm’ and persisting under pressure. That detail was inspired by Marshall Arisman’s paintings of deformed, demonic figures. The focal point of the painting is a series of three sharp, jagged shards falling from the sky into the calm waters. The final addition to the painting is a pallid figure on the left side of frame, gaze fixed on the clash unfolding on the horizon.
“Neil felt the cover needed a bit of humanity,” says Hugh
Well, almost human. The figure adorning the cover is inspired by “The Body Electric,” a song about a self-aware android on the run.
All three band members love the album cover. The original Grace under Pressure painting is hanging in Neil’s office.