In Conversation: Grouplove’s Hannah Hooper and Designer Julian Gross on Their “Healer” Artwork

The artists discuss the process behind their ambitious Grammy-nominated album packaging.

In addition to being the frontwoman for Grouplove, Hannah Hooper is a gifted visual artist who’s established herself via her captivating paintings and the hand-painted jumpsuits that she wears on tour. The Grammy committee appears to agree, as Grouplove’s latest release Healer earned a nomination for Best Recording Package.

The artwork—created by Hooper and collaborator Julian Gross (formerly from the band Liars)—features multiple levels of hand-painted portraits that come together on the vinyl version to create a striking image that would fit in at a contemporary art museum as well as it does in your music library.

We caught up with Hooper and Gross to discuss the logistics of creating such an ambitious project, what the working dynamic is like between the two of them, and their respective reactions to learning that they were nominated for a Grammy alongside Lil Wayne and Coldplay.


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