* Signed Limited Edition of 125
* Framed Giclée Print
* Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks.
* Image size 29” X 36”
* Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
Neil Peart calls
Clockwork Angels “the meisterwerk.”
Rush’s twentieth studio album tells an epic story set in an alternate universe—one in which machines are steam-powered, men dress like Phileas Fogg, and the premium mode of transport is an airborne balloon ship called a steamliner.
Clockwork Angels is the story of Owen Hardy, a country boy who often gazes at the sky and discerns shapes in the clouds. He can’t stop thinking big. When Owen comes of age, he begins an odyssey that takes him to Crown City.
Hugh’s artwork offered listeners a glimpse of the
Clockwork Angels universe. A steamliner traverses a stormy sky, sails at full mast and ballast bags dangling beneath its hull. Hugh’s illustrations of clouds and waves convey depth and movement.
Hugh compares his construction of the steamliner to the way special-effects crews built the model spaceships for
2001: A Space Odyssey.
“If I painted everything, every image would take two months,” he says. “The people who built the spaceships in 2001 used pieces of AMT model cars and elements from airplane models. It could just be the nozzle of a tank off a model. They just glued that on to the spaceship and painted it. The same thing happens digitally. The great thing about resources these days is that we can harvest elements and build them up.”
Clockwork Angels was, literally, years in the making. Hugh appreciated the unusual luxury of time to work on the artwork. The result is something that Neil believes is timeless.
“Just as the band has been progressive—in the small ‘p,’ no sneer context—so, too, has our art,” says Neil. “Hugh and I have never said, ‘Oh, let’s just do what we did before or do a different spin on the same idea or the same image.’”