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The Fool were a Dutch design collective and band who were influential in the psychedelic style of art in British popular music in the late 1960s. The colourful art draws on many fantastical and mystical themes. The name is a reference to The Fool tarot card.

The original members were Dutch artists Simon Posthuma and Marijke Koger, who were discovered by photographer Karl Ferris among the hippie community on the Spanish island of Ibiza in 1966. He took photographs of clothes designed by them, and sent them to London where they were published in The Times of London and immediately caused a sensation. Ferris took The Fool back to London, and together they opened a studio, with the Dutch artists producing clothes and art, and Ferris pursuing photography. Barry Finch and artist Joskje Leeger, joined later. All had been involved with Beatles manager Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre.

Works

Their work includes:

The Fool's best known artworks are undoubtedly those they created for The Beatles in 1966-67. They include:

It would appear that, contrary to popular belief, The Fool did not create the psychedelic paintwork on John Lennon's Rolls-Royce.. Sources vary as to who actually painted the designs on the car, although they appear to be unlike The Fool's other graphic designs.

According to an article in the Canadian Conservation Newsletter, the designs were painted by a friend of Lennon's known as "Gypsy Dave". Cynthia Lennon's memoir claims that the work was carried out by "a firm of barge and caravan designers". An article about the car on the Ottowa Beatles site states that the work was carried out by J.P. Fallon Limited, a coachworks company located in Chertsey, Surrey, although this article also claims that J.P. Fallon commissioned The Fool to paint the designs.

That said, the car's paintwork so outraged one elderly woman in central London that she attacked it with her umbrella, shouting: 'You swine, you swine! How dare you do this to a Rolls-Royce!'; Lennon answered by obtaining another Rolls, and painting it flat-black).

As a band

The Fool also released an eponymous album in 1968, in the Psych-Folk style, produced by Graham Nash of The Hollies. It was re-released in 2005.




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