Past Tour Exhibitor
Painter, photographer, illustrator- David Heffernan is a Maplewood institution who is also recognized world-wide for his extensive history in design. Heffernan is perhaps best known for his contributions to some of the most iconic and award winning album covers in rock and roll, including Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Graffiti” and The Rolling Stone’s controversial “Some Girls.” As an illustrator, Heffernan has produced the jacket art for albums from Kiss, Climax Blues Band, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz and Bill Evans. His covers for Anthrax, Yngwie Malmsteen, and the Grammy nominated design for Spyro Gyra’s “Morning Dance” have been particularly singled out for numerous reproductions and published anthologies.
A trained realist, Heffernan is also noted for his work within classical painting traditions. His oil paintings possess a moody, dreamlike quality.
Another facet of Heffernan’s wide-ranging artistic interests is photography, a medium which often generates the source material for his paintings. A prolific lensman, he can often be found documenting the daily life and the architecture of the city of Newark. His biggest influence, he freely admits, was legendary photographer Robert Frank with whom he had the privilege of spending time.
Heffernan graduated in 1972 from Philadelphia’s prestigious Tyler School of Art, where he studied with John Moore, David Bowman, and Stan Zigorski. The Glen Ridge born artist is a 30 year resident of Maplewood and father to one daughter, Signe.