24 April 2012

Describe yourself with 10 words.

I am a hard working obsessive artist.

Describe your work with 10 words

Its a mixture of Pop Art and Fashion Illustration.

Who´s the first artist/photographer that comes to your mind first?

David Hockney... He has got even better as he has got older.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

I have been illustrating for a number of years now and I would describe myself as relentless and obsessively driven by my love of illustration, and design in general. I studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and since then have worked freelance all over the world. For a long time I worked exclusively in 3D model making for illustration clients and animating advertisements for Television. Its only in the last four years that I have been working using paint and Photoshop as my main illustration medium.  Recently I have started exhibiting my work in a solo show in my small town of Lewes here in the UK and now at the renowned illustration gallery in Brighton “NO Walls”.

For me the future is to continue for places where I can exhibit my paintings so if you know of anywhere here in the UK or abroad please tell me.

How would you describe your style?

Bright coloured paintings with a positive vibe. I look to all forms of visual media to inform my artwork so in my images you will find self created Collage, Photography, Drawing and Print. The paint is like glue that holds it all together.

Your house is on fire, what do you save?

My Wife,  two children and my collection of radios.

Something you want the world to know about you?

I love Schneider Weissbeer from Munch.

Tell us a song that has haunted you.

Heart of Glass by Blondie

What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

The world of illustration and what is considered to be illustration is constantly changing and every day I see  fantastic work being created by artists from all over the world. Plus I am not much good at anything else...

What did you want to be with 13?

Popular!  I know its not the answer you might expect. I had no ambitions at that age other than have enough courage to talk to girls. I was good at art at that age but that was more of an escape than an aspiration to be an artist.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

I have always had illustration reps look after that side of things. My Rep is Colagene in Paris. They get me great work and handle all the negotiations with  the art director and over all give me great support with my career. Its a great relief that I don't have to go looking for the work myself. Colagene have artists I really admire so its great to be associated with such outstanding talent. They cover the globe so a job can come in from the Washington Post one day and the next Glamour Magazine in Madrid. Its all rather exiting.

What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

To keep on seeking to improve my artistic profile and to create more artwork for more solo and group exhibitions. I would also like to bring more 3D elements into my paintings such as watches, clocks and badges. Naturally by the end of the year I wish to be even better than I was at the start of it.

Thank you Neo Collective for interviewing me.