In 1989 Julian Grater finished a body of work for his first major solo exhibition at a public gallery in the UK. This included an eight part series of self-portraits - more specifically referred to by Grater as Self Images as he felt this was a more psychologically penetrating terminology. This cycle of brutally dark and psychologically rendered drawings clearly referred to a state of mind or being, examined through the prism of extreme candour.
Peter Gabriel selected one of these drawings for the album cover of ‘Passion’. Peter felt that whilst the artwork had not been specifically commissioned and created to accompany the project, the drawing had a number of particular qualities that he felt resonated in a powerful way with the rich, cultural fusion of the music’s complex soundscape.
The album cover artwork was awarded album cover of the year 1989. ‘Drawing Study for Self Image - 1987’ is originally from an eight part series consisting of Charcoal/Graphite/Paste/Acrylic/Bitumen/Beeswax/Dry Pigment/Straw and Flower petals on paper.