Marc Bessant

graphic art and design

The Virtues

design, film, Graphic Design, Soundtrack

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Utilising on-set shots from photographer Dean Rogers, the double LP soundtrack to the award-winning Channel 4 series ‘The Virtues’, featuring 6 new PJ Harvey compositions including “The Crowded Cell” song. The album also features music by Aphex Twin, Toydrum, Set Fire To Flames, Mono, Micah P Hinson, Laura Hannigan , Ted Barnes & Gavin Clark , Gazelle Twin .
There will be two vinyl versions. Double White vinyl exclusively available from and a 180gram Double Black vinyl retail edition (available in good record stores worldwide). The soundtrack will also be available on digipack CD .

Les Amazones D’Afrique

design, Graphic Design, Music

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A creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women; a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Amazones Power, the sequel to their widely acclaimed 2017 debut album, Republique Amazones.
2 x colour vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve and CD digipack.

Medea – Theatre poster

Artwork, design, Graphic Design, posters

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‘Medea’ is a tragedy written by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides, based on the myth of Jason and Medea, and particularly Medea‘s revenge against Jason for betraying her with another woman. I was commissioned to design the poster for the production; so utilising a cropped photograph of William Wetmore’s carving, a little vandalism and apposite bespoke text – I arrived at the poster you see below.

Allen Stone ‘Karaoke Extravaganza’ Gig Poster

Artwork, design, posters

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Last month I was approached by GreenLight Multimedia in Los Angeles to design the gig-poster for ‘Allen Stone’ Karaoke Extravaganza’ live at Analog, Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a good open brief, the only direction of note was to include the ‘Analog’ logo somewhere – in this case, the stylised ‘A’ in the centre. After submitting a number of different sketches, we finally set upon the idea of a microphone/bird-cage where the occupant has broken free >

WOMAD Festival UK 2019

Artwork, design, Graphic Design

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It had been a while since I had designed anything for WOMAD in the UK so it was very nice to be asked to come up with the face of this years Charlton Park event. One of the many things I’ve always associated WOMAD festivals with is its closeness to nature, and in particular how we – human beings – take time away from our busy urban lives and jump feet first into it – quite literally wondering amongst fields and woodlands for hours, allowing our senses to stretch. Coupled with the continuous discovery and eclectic mix of music and events encountered at WOMAD, I was keen to create a naturally psychedelic looking piece of work. My original sketch was of illustrated leaves and grasses weaving in and out and through the letters, I really wanted it to look fun, encompassing and boisterous but something wasn’t quite right; being surrounded and entwined with nature was the correct approach but currently it just wasn’t different or colourful enough, it had to be more vivid and, ultimately, fascinating. I had to think bigger, well, actually smaller, much much smaller.
I was familiar with the electron microscopy of Steve Gschmeissner, having worked with him before on a Peter Gabriel record, and he’s incredible at what he does (see his website and the images he manages to photograph never cease to amaze me; I contacted Steve with an idea and Steve set about micrographing, and raiding his archive for, various indiginous flower and grass seeds, which were then cut out and falsely coloured (originally they are grey tones) before finally getting digitally scattered amidst the typography to complete the piece.
Printed by Taylor Bothers in Bristol, the souvenir programme turned out really well and it was a pleasure to see it being read by so many at the festival last weekend.

Open book jacket
Lazing in the sun

John Metcalfe – Absense

design, Music

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Its always a pleasure working with John Metcalfe, not only do I get to hear his music but its great to work with someone who understands the important connection between sounds and pictures and how they can compliment each other. This from Johns website about his new release ‘Absence’ > ‘What is it to be human? What unites us across time and continents and blood? Many have sought answers to such fundamental questions by examining sorrow and loss, death being a constant faced by us all. Many artists have used grief as a muse, searching for meaning in how we deal with what we lose and our capacity to overcome tragedy. Absence delivers a thoughtful and ultimately uplifting rumination on what death leaves behind, and how we come to terms with it.’ Couldn’t have put it better myself. The image on the front is a treated screen-grab from old black and white footage of a ballroom dance; eyes, smiles and relationships long gone, a ghost of a dance, the joy and the sorrow.

CMYK on uncoated with spot metallic typography

Josh Wynter – Liminality

Artwork, design, Music, Photography, Uncategorized

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I was approached by award-winning composer Josh Wynter to create the cover art for his new digital album ‘Liminality’. Josh was keen to present his music in the ‘contemporary classical / alternative’ sphere whilst giving a nod to an organic, natural palette. On listening I could see why, cinematic strokes and delicate details, his music certainly makes good pictures. We were keen to explore the ‘space in-between’ or portals between worlds, we looked at reflections and geometric shapes in various environments until eventually settling on a photograph I took at Morte Hoe in Devon, UK a couple of years ago; The palette really worked, the drama and the beauty was apparent and so I set about slicing the image up in order to mirror different sections, it had to look wrong (in a good way) but also intriguing, like something super-natural that may have always been there, something photo/graphic. We worked on lots of versions but when this one came along it just felt right.

Joshs music can be heard on various TV/Film and over at

The Handmaid’s Tale

design, film

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LP design for Adam Taylor’s original soundtrack to the Hulu series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

12″ Sleeve / Insert / Vinyl


War Machine

design, movies

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LP Design for Nick Cave & Warren Ellis’ original score to the Netflix Original film ‘War Machine’.

Gatefold sleeve and coloured vinyl for Invada/Lakeshore Records.