TUM Records uses works of Finnish artists as cover art for its releases in order to visually distinguish them. The paintings used in the releases by TUM Records were chosen in collaboration with the artist himself.
Lars-Gunnar Nordström (b. 1924) is Finland´s best-known representative of constructivist art. Nordström already found his own style in the late 1940s and the 1950s, exhibiting his works for the first time in 1947. In addition to Finland, Nordström´s works have often been exhibited in Sweden as well as in other European countries and the United States. In 1983, he was named the Artist of the Year at the Helsinki Festival.
As an artist, Nordström is largely self-taught. After graduating as an interior designer from the Finnish Central School of Industrial Art in 1949, Nordström worked at several architect´s offices until 1960 while continuing to actively create and exhibit new art. Nordström has studied at various times in France, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. In addition to his paintings, Nordström is known for his large murals and mosaic works for public spaces as well as for his sculptures.
Nordström is also well known for his love of jazz music. His large record collection is legendary and he is known to listen to jazz while working. Nordström has said that, in his works, he seeks to achieve a feeling similar to the rhythmic flow that can be found in all good jazz.