Sanctuary (Open Edition Print)
Materials: archival lightfast inks on art paper
Printing: giclée printed by Pricelis Art Ltd
Size: 39.9cm x 50.4cm (15.7" x 19.8")
Edition size: open edition, hand-signed by Rodney Matthews
Details: this was always intended to be a companion piece to Magnum's Chase the Dragon image, although its origin goes back even earlier than the 1980 artwork for the album. The image for Sanctuary was inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel's suspension bridge in Clifton, Bristol. Matthews had a nearby studio overlooking the bridge and often walked his late dog Patch under and over it! Back then he did a small fantasy bridge sketch and stashed it in his ideas file.
When Matthews was commissioned to design his first Magnum album by Jet Records (owned by Sharon Osbourne's father), Tony Clarkin gave him the title The Spirit. On that basis he produced pencil sketches for a front cover and inside spread of a vinyl album that featured an eternal city (or palace) in both designs. The palace, as depicted on a red desert for the front cover, represented the eternal irrepressible spirit, whilst on the inside spread, Sanctuary, the same palace was still in place, despite the passing of aeons of time and the massive erosion that had taken place. Unfortunately, Jet Records went cheap, so there was no inside spread! Ultimately, Tony Clarkin changed the name of the album from The Spirit to Chase the Dragon.