Jenice Heo Bio:
Over the years, Heo has been steadily developing as a fine art painter, while, simultaneously working as an album cover artist for many of the most prominent artists in rock and roll music today. In addition to her fine art practice, Heo is also a Grammy award-winning art director. A partial list of the musicians with which she has worked include: Neil Young, Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes, Jim James, My Morning Jacket, Devendra Banhart and Jack White.
Born in South Korea, Heo was raised in Texas and studied at the University of Texas at Austin. In Los Angeles, she began her career as an Art Director in music packaging at Warner Bros Records, followed by positions at A&M Records and Madonna’s Maverick Records. Heo’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, AIGA, Graphis and Communication Arts.
For the past decade, Heo and her husband, Gary Burden, have worked as creative partners in R Twerk & Co., where the two have collaborated on the art direction and design of album covers and films. Burden himself is considered a pioneer of album art, creating covers for such artists as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Eagles and more. In addition to the Grammy Award that he shares with Heo and Young, Burden has also earned four individual Grammy nominations for “Best Package of the Year.”
The process of bringing a musician’s vision to album art represents a collaborative effort between designer and artist, and, over the years, Heo and Burden have developed close friendships with some of the artists with whom they have worked. Indeed, Gary and Neil Young have had a close friendship spanning over 45 years, while also collaborating on album art and a myriad of other projects. Young was the Best Man at Gary and Jenice’s wedding.
From Burden’s drawings and Heo’s digital graphic artwork, the couple work side by side from concept through final print.