Graphic designer and musician Ewan Robertson has died aged 27, the label he worked with in both capacities, Big Dada, announced yesterday.
Robertson first worked with Big Dada as a volunteer while studying design at St Martins College, and later when he co-founded the Oscar & Ewan design agency with Oscar Bauer in 2007. Through that partnership Robertson and Bauer worked on artwork for artists like Wiley and Roots Manuva, as well as Ninja Tune acts including Amon Tobin and Bonobo.
In addition to his design work, Robertson also released music through Big Dada under the name Offshore, his new mini-album, ‘Bake Haus’, coming out just last month.
Praising “his talent and the originality of his vision”, Big Dada said in a statement: “An incredibly subtle man, part of his talent was to make difficult things look easy. His recent record, ‘Bake Haus’, was one such example, apparently thrown off without breaking a sweat, but actually the result of considerable thought and skill – the minimalism a deliberate choice, beautifully delivered on. He was also, in addition to his many talents, one of the finest individuals we have had the honour of working with – straightforward, positive, funny and understated, he was a proper gent. We will miss him terribly and send all our love to Jen and his family, whose loss is so much greater”.
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