"Janelle Monáe : Billboard’s Rising Star Of The Year” 

- Illustration by Sam Spratt

To celebrate her huge achievement and after working with me on her last album covers, Atlantic Records commissioned me to paint this portrait of Janelle in the same vein.

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"Freddie Mercury" - Illustration by Sam Spratt

Had so much fun making this painting of the late frontman of “Queen” (and embarrassingly shooting reference of myself in a leather jacket and gym shorts pulled over my belly button for reference on the pose).It’ll be up at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco starting October 18th — prints to follow.

Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady Cover Art by Sam Spratt Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady Cover Art by Sam Spratt (Target Edition)

Janelle Monáe’s “The Electric Lady” Album Artwork (Standard + Target Edition) - By Sam Spratt

I’m extremely excited to finally get to share this project. Despite just being two album covers, they’re the product of over 2 months worth of research, countless revisions, built and scratched concepts, working directly with Janelle Monáe and Atlantic Records, to evolve the artwork from sketches to finished paintings alongside her ever-evolving music and image. She’s Grammy-nominated, a Cover Girl, but more so just one of the most mind-blowingly intelligent and talented people I’ve been able to work with and encourage you to check her music out if you haven’t heard of her.

  • A small glimpse into its creation can be found: HERE
  • The narrative that accompanies the paintings can be found: HERE