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British Vogue debuts 14 original art covers from David Hockney and more

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 30/06/2020 Sara Feigin
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For the August issue of British Vogue, Editor in Chief Edward Enninful has commissioned 14 special covers to celebrate nature.

The covers feature striking original images of landscapes created by some of the UK's biggest artists and photographers.

The artists commissioned for the project were David Hockney, Nadine Ijewere, Tim Walker, Nick Knight, Lubaina Himid, Mert Alas, David Sims, Marcus Piggott, Jamie Hawkesworth, Juergen Teller, Alasdair McLellan, Martin Parr, David Bailey and Craig McDean.

a close up of an orange tree: (David Hockney/Vogue) © Provided by Evening Standard (David Hockney/Vogue)

Enninful said of the covers: “British Vogue’s August Issue, Reset, and the 20-page story ‘All Across the Land’, is not only beautiful and poignant but also highlights that at the core of everything is our planet. I very much hope 2020 signals a reset in our relationship to nature.”

The corresponding article in each issue accompanying the landscapes examines how the coronavirus pandemic has changed and is continuing to change the world as we know it.

a close up of a sign: (Alasdair McLellan/Vogue) © Provided by Evening Standard (Alasdair McLellan/Vogue)

British writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald writes: “The familiar patterns of our lives have been broken, the future is unknowable, and all of us are searching for signs and wonders, for reassurance, for hope, for things that make sense to us when everything seems desolate. We are beginning to view nature through new eyes."

a sign on the side of a mountain: (Nadine Ijewere/Vogue) © Provided by Evening Standard (Nadine Ijewere/Vogue)

She adds that now people "can connect with the natural world much closer to home.”

The original pieces of art are going to be auctioned off to raise money for COVID-19-focused charities at the end of the year.

Read the full feature in the August issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 3rd July

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