Peter Saville is a designer whose twenty-five year practice spans the fields of graphics, creative direction and art. Born in Manchester, England in 1955, he studied graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic from 1975-1978.
In 1979, he became a founding partner of the landmark, independent record label Factory Records where he created some of the most recognisable album covers of all time for Joy Division and New Order. Saville's many clients have included Roxy Music, Ultravox, Peter Gabriel, Pulp, Suede, Whitechapel Art Gallery, The Pompidou Centre, Yohji Yamamoto, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Mandarina Duck, Givenchy, Selfridges, EMI and Adidas.
Saville has exhibited internationally, with a major retrospective staged at London's Design Museum and subsequently in Tokyo and Manchester in 2003. His first show in a contemporary art museum is 'Estate' at the Migros Museum, Zurich (2005).
Saville creates artworks for both the Paul Stolper Gallery and Hotel in London and Gallery Neu in Berlin. His work is noted for combining an unerring elegance with a remarkable ability to identify images that epitomise the moment.
Saville's reputation for contributing to the progressive design profile of the city of Manchester since the early 1980s has earned him an ongoing consultancy to programme Manchester's artistic future from its city council and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, now Manchester Metropolitan University.
Saville founded SHOWstudio with long-time collaborator Nick Knight in 2000.