Baroness’ John Dyer Baizley and Artist Marald Van Haasteren Feature Artwork from Purple in Exhibit

Baroness’ John Dyer Baizley and graphic artist Marald Van Haasteren, who partnered on the artwork for Baroness’ new album, Purple, will feature original artwork from the new release as well as other individual and collaborative works in a February art exhibit dubbed “Desperation Burns: The Artwork of Purple” at Co Exhibitions in Minneapolis (1101 Stinson Blvd #2). The opening reception, which both Baizley and Haasteren will attend, is Feb. 6 at 7 pm central.

“Marald and I have a long history as friends and artists, and we’re excited to show our work together, most of which was made for the recently released Baroness album, Purple,” explains Baizley. “Marald and I have worked in parallel over the past decade or more, creating covers and images within and around the punk/HC community, and we’re thrilled to finally hang some of our work together. We worked relentlessly on the images and layout for Purple, and would love to share some of this process, in the form of an exhibition of our work in various formats.”

Baizley painted the cover art for Purple, which will be featured at the exhibit, while Van Haasteren created the multiple interior illustrations as well as the visuals that accompany the various song premieres from the new album. A time-lapse video of Baizley’s work on the Purple cover art can be seen here: Noisey Design visited Baizley at home to discuss the current art as well as his work with Kvelertak, Black Tusk and Kylesa:

Purple was released on Dec. 18 and has been universally praised with Pitchfork saying the album features “some of the biggest, strong songs Baroness has ever written,” Rolling Stone Australia dubbing it “the most dynamic, robust guitar album this year,” Mojo echoing those sentiments, saying “Baroness have delivered their masterpiece: an album grounding their cosmic heaviosity with earthbound, compelling drama,” and German magazine Visions declaring “the quasi-comeback Purple is their best album to date.” The record landed on a number of year-end best of lists including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Decibel Magazine and Stereogum.

The band returns to the road, kicking off their European tour in Southampton, the same city where they suffered their now infamous bus accident in 2012. Tickets for all European shows are on sale now via

February 24 Southampton, UK Engine Room
February 25 Birmingham, UK 02 Ritz
February 26 Leeds, UK Lees University Stylus
February 28 Glasgow, UK The Garage
February 29 Manchester, UK 02 Institute

March 1 London, UK KOKO
March 3 Paris, France Le Trabendo
March 4 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao Kafe Antzokia
March 5 Madrid, Spain Teatro Barcelo (Sound Isidro Fest Special)
March 6 Lisbon, Portugal Paradise Garage
March 8 Barcelona, Spain Razmatazz 2
March 9 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur Club
March 10 Milan, Italy Magazzini Generali
March 11 Zurich, Switzerland Mascott
March 12 Vienna, Austria Flex
March 15 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island
March 16 Munich, Germany Backstage Werk
March 17 Prague, Czech Republic Futurum
March 18 Warsaw, Poland Proxima
March 20 Berlin, Germany SO36
March 21 Cologne, Germany Stollwerck
March 22 Brussels, Belgium AB Theatre
March 23 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli de Helling
March 26 Hamburg, Germany Gruenspan
March 27 Malmo, Sweden KB
March 29 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis
March 30 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
March 31 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega Small

April 1 Hannover, Germany Faust
April 2 Wiesbaden, Germany Alter Schlachthof
April 23 Mexico City, MX Vive Latino Festival