Ian McCausland

31/03/1944 - 09/08/2022

Ian passed away peacefully at the Geelong Hospital.
Loved and loving husband of Melitta.
Much loved father of Brigitte and Otis.
Proud G.D. of Dia, Elke and Oscar.
Father-in-law and friend to Shaun, Silvana and Jodie.
Rest in Peace, Legend.

Relatives and friends of Ian McCausland are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held at our chapel, 199 Ormond Road, East Geelong on FRIDAY (August 19) at 11:00am, followed by a private cremation.

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Ian McCausland – An Introduction
by Ian McFarlane (Author of The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop – Allen & Unwin Publishers, 1999)

The best graphic designers and illustrators present a unique and easily recognisable style. Melbourne-based illustrator Ian McCausland is one such individual. His illustrations and designs for albums by Little River Band, the Aztecs, Spectrum, Daddy Cool, Chain, Skyhooks, Company Caine, Matt Taylor and Carson plus his work as Art Director for the Mushroom label (in particular the triple LP gatefold release of The Great Australian Rock Festival Sunbury 1973) kept him at the forefront of the Australian rock music industry throughout the 1970s. In the days of the LP sleeve, essentially he was the designer of choice when you wanted a quality product.

It was that talent which the Rolling Stones were also able to tap into. Ian had been designing posters for local bands and gigs since the late 1960s, and when the Stones announced an Australian tour for early 1973, promoter Paul Dainty commissioned him to do the poster. The iconic image of a jet airplane winging its way into the open lips and massive tongue of the famous Rolling Stones logo over a stylised relief map of Australia captured the sense of the tour’s importance with absolute perfection. Dainty, the Stones’ manager Peter Rudge and their stage designer Chip Monck were impressed, immediately asking Ian to do one for the New Zealand leg of the tour. The Australian tour poster is Ian’s most important claim to international fame and original copies are among the most sought-after items by Stones fans and rock’n’roll memorabilia collectors alike.

Ian may have rubbed shoulders with rock’n’roll royalty, yet he remains one of life’s gentlemen and a true music fan. His career started in the early 1960s when he sang with Melbourne groups the Strangers and Little Gulliver & the Children (for whom he also played guitar). He was also a back-up vocalist and featured artist on Melbourne TV pop series The Go! Show. All the same, design and illustration were his forte and he applied his music knowledge to his role as Art Director for seminal music paper Go-Set. He actually won a Who/Small Faces poster competition in order to get the gig. Subsequently, his work for early ’70s underground papers Digger and Planet (in addition to his famous series of dope comix) led to his role as Art Director at Mushroom.

Ian is quoted in Under the Covers: “I was very influenced by San Francisco’s psychedelic Fillmore posters, Robert Crumb, and Kelly of Mouse Studios”. Ian’s work retains that same timeless sense of rock history, of capturing the essence of the performer’s music in his imagery and style. This is Ian McCausland’s life’s pursuit – embrace it as part of Australia’s rock’n’roll heritage.

Chapel of Jonathan Hepner Funerals
199 Ormond Road East Geelong
19/08/2022 @ 11:00
Murray Walding
2022-08-13 03:22:09
Ian's generosity of spirit and skill in design was of great help to myself. I will miss him.
Don McCausland
2022-08-17 02:04:09
Vale Ian. Saddened at the passing of my cousin Ian. All the McCauslands in WA extend our deepest sympathy to Melissa and family. May God bless him and keep him safe. May he Rest in Peace. From Don McCausland, partner, Sylvia, daughters Debra and Helen.