Mark Wilkinson Though Mark Wilkinson's portfolio preceeds him, he nonetheless made in-roads with NEARfest in the mid-2000's by attending the festival as an art vendor, most notably in 2008 when his long-time friend Fish was the Friday night headlining act. Mark's amazing repertoire and dashing personality made him an easy choice as Roger Dean's successor to the NEARfest logo design throne. Mark is well-known for his album cover designs for the likes of Marillion, Fish, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Darkness, Bon Jovi, and many others. In 2009, Mark published his first artbook, the stunning "Shadowplay," which is full of vibrant illustrations and paintings spanning his career to-date. "Shadowplay" is a must-have for any fan of music and art. 2009 was also Mark's first year with NEARfest and he provided a new logo for festival, giving a nod to Roger Dean's NEARfest "Galaxy" font while also moving the imagery into new, even mysterious ground. Mark has provided NEARfest with not only a new logo crest, but incredible imagery in his phoenix and Viking ship designs.
Roger Dean Known worldwide for his unmistakeably gorgeous and ornate landscape paintings, album cover artwork, and logo designs, Roger Dean is a true icon of progressive rock. His cover paintings for the likes of Yes, Gentle Giant, Asia, and Uriah Heep are among the most distinct and awe-inspiring pieces of rock art in history. Few band logos are more recognizable than the classic, twisted "Yes" logo, which first appeared on the band's 1972 tour-de-force, "Close to the Edge." In the midst of creative masterful paintings, designing logos, compiling a new book, and working on an animated feature film, Roger found the time each year from 2001 to 2008 to design a one-of-a-kind logo for NEARfest.
Paul Whitehead Paul Whitehead, a painter and graphic artist, is best known in progressive rock circles for his surrealistic album covers for artists such as Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator, and Le Orme. In 2000, Paul was NEARfest's first celebrity logo designer and provided a "Nursery Cryme"-inspired twist on the original NEARfest compass logo. Paul has also attended several NEARfest's displaying many of his famous album designs and paintings.
Chad Hutchinson When your budget is next to nothing, you do things yourself. Such was the case in 1999, NEARfest's inaugural year. Festival co-founder Chad Hutchinson took inspiration from the Star of Bethlehem (located on the top of South Mountain in Bethlehem, PA). The geometric design was reminiscent of the famous star, but with its elongated point rotated to the northeast to go along with the name of the fledgling festival, the North East Art Rock Festival.