Brighton-based illustrator Matthew James Taylor has a way with negative space and minimal vector art. The two combine to generate some memorable imagery that although may be designed with simplicity in mind leaves a complex and emotive impression on the viewer.
One of my most favorite British Illustrators Steven Wilson updated some time ago with a new website. It’s much easier to navigate his extensive portfolio now and the images are also much larger than they were on his last website. So you can get a good look at all of the melting, colorful and downright popoliscious work spilling from the mind and hand of Wilson. I absolutely love his work. It shoots an arrow straight into my pop art heart.
Dan Mountford is a Graphic Designer/Illustrator and a student at Brighton University. His experimental photo collages have attracted a little buzz this past week because they are a lot of fun to look at.
Andy Smith kind of says what he has to say about himself much better than I could. And he also recently put up a new site with several new examples of his often hand rendered typography. So I will let him speak for himself:
“Andy Smith studied illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. Graduating in 1998 he quickly established a client list of advertising, publishing and editorial clients including Orange, Mercedes, McDonalds, The Guardian, Expedia, Sony, Vodafone, Random House and Penguin Books, directing Run London a commercial for Nike in 2000. His work combines illustration and typography to create images that have humour, energy and optimism and all are executed with a handmade, hand-printed, tactile feel. Quirky characters find themselves in absurd situations, often with a large piece of lettering nearby. When not producing commercial work for clients Andy can be found in the studio screen printing books and posters about Fatty, the Target People and the Hot Dog. He has exhibited in the UK, USA, France and Australia. He lives and works by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex. His favourite colour is blue.”
The people behind The Brighton Freak Show followed up informing us they had posted a video about the show detailing their efforts and explaining why they wanted to host the exhibition. They also sent a link to a Flickr page where you can see some images of both the work, the process and the end result. It was nice to see such comprehensive coverage of the event. I just wish we could have been there.
The Brighton Freak Show features the work of some of the South Coast’s most unique image makers and is a part of the Brighton Open House Festival. Exhibitors include Shan Jiang, Mega Munden, Luke Insect, Hello Marine, Imakethings and Steve Wilson amongst several others. The show opens April 30th from 7-9 PM and will run the length of the festival in May. The show takes place at St. Peter’s Church, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU United Kingdom.
Hamish Makgill has updated his Brighton based studio’s website at Studio Makgill with some haute new work that has been burning up the creative blog-wire all day today. There is some beautiful work for print happening throughout the updated Makgill portfolio.
Chris Pell is a 21 year old recent graduate of Brighton University. He is currently available for commissions and has a very unique and diverse portfolio ranging from animation, photography to illustration. There is some interesting religious intonations in his work that definitely peak the curiosity as to their meaning.
Richard Carey recently graduated from Brighton and already has some stunning work in his portfolio. It’s nice to see him redesigning/inventing projects like vinyl album packaging for his favorite bands in order to fill his book with timely and relevant graphic design. Very smart.
The lovely and extremely talented Sanna Annukka has been hard at work even getting herself featured in Vogue. She has updated her site lately with new work and she has opened an online store where you can now purchase screenprints and lithographs of her work.
05/18 SENDAK PASSES The brilliant author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away last week at the age of 83 but will no doubt be remembered for generations to come for his amazing books such as Where the Wild Things Are.
04/12 ZIMMERMAN FACES MURDER In a case we’ve been following closely there is finally what we think is some good news to report. George ZImmerman, the man accused of killing the innocent teenager Trayvon Martin has been taken into custody and charged with second degree murder. At last there is some justice.
12/16 HITCHENS DIES Outspoken author and pundit Christopher Hitchens passed away yesterday at the age of 62 after succombing to a long battle with cancer. His honest and bravado opinion that rarely favored one side versus the other but was instead often a cry for ‘reason’ will be missed.
11/23 BURZYNKSI CLINIC Is there an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer? Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski seems to think so and has been experiencing higher rate of success than the current accepted practice of treating cancer.