* Signed Limited Edition of 125
* Framed Giclée Print
* Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks.
* Image size 36" x 18.5"
* Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
Vapor Trails was Rush’s “comeback” album following the tragic deaths of Neil Peart’s teenage daughter and, months later, his wife. Neil’s reflective lyrics on the album are by turns joyful and angry, despairing and hopeful. The artwork conveys its tone. A fireball blazes a molten path across the length of the cover.
“Neil told me that the comet represents life’s sparkle and fade,” says Hugh.
The art director and the lyricist had been talking about images based upon photographs from space. One night, Hugh experienced a celestial sight that inspired him.
“I was in my guest house across the pond where I had my studio in Indiana. One night I went out and I saw a ball of fire in the sky with a long tail. It had an expanded sparkling end on the tail. It seemed so close to earth. It was traveling slowly across the sky. It wasn’t like a shooting star. I watched it for at least four or five minutes. It was a slo-mo moment. Dead silence. My thoughts were of doom and gloom. When it went over the horizon, was I going to feel the impact? I’d never seen anything in outer space that big. Later, I kept asking people, ‘Did you see it?’ They thought I was crazy; they didn’t know what I was talking about. I couldn’t find any news on it anywhere the following day. I feel almost special in having seeing it. So that drove me to say, ‘That could be the cover.’”
Hugh worked fast to complete the oil-on-canvas painting. The Rushian colors of red, black, and white were an appropriate fit. Hugh’s broad and fast strokes gave it an appealing immediacy. Before the paint was even dry, the band chose it as the cover.
“The colors capture the feel of the music,” says Alex Lifeson.