Dave McMacken has spent over 50 years working as a graphic designer and illustrator. He got his start designing album art for Frank Zappa in the 1970s and was responsible for creating the epic covers for Zappa’s albums “200 Motels,” and for “Over-Nite Sensation,” which depicts the lonely sexual fantasies of a two-headed roadie in the style of a seventeenth-century Dutch painter masterwork.
McMacken’s list of album art credits also includes AC/DC’s Ballbreaker, Warrant’s Dog Eat Dog, Freak Show for The Bullet Boys, Black Market for Weather Report, Reel Music for The Beatles, Moving Targets for Flo and Eddie, and Leftoverture for Kansas. He also did work for The Temptations, Jackyl, Bedlam, Angel, and The Beach Boys. He has worked on films, advertising, and games for Disney, George Lucas, Steven Speilberg, Electronic Arts, Broderbund, Sega Genesis, California Avocados, and various tourist bureaus.
He currently lives and works from his home in Astoria.
The Secret Gallery will present a retrospective of Dave’s work in music, games, advertising, film, and books in September, followed by a show of his recent works in October. An opening reception for “50 Year Sensation” will be held on Saturday, September 14 at the Secret Gallery, and an artist talk with Dave McMacken will take place on Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 PM.