Inspiration

I do not follow any one clear style in my work, aiming to research and adapt different styles to different projects, and experiment with a diversity of aesthetic before making any final decision on the approach I want to take.

Through my work on previous OCA modules I am interested in a wide range of illustration, printmaking and photographic styles that explicitly or implicitly inform the aesthetic of my work including:

  • surrealist minimalism of Alessandro Gottardo, David Shrigley and Rose Wylie
  • cartoons of Gerald Scarfe, Ronald Searle and Yoshimoto Nara
  • political collages and prints from US Civil Rights movement
  • angry images of Basquiat, Tracey Emin and Louise Bourgeois
  • graphic narrative styles of Dave McKean and Shaun Tan
  • Japanese dark styles of Daido Moiyama, Koichi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Sagamoto and other black and white photographers
  • African
  • Middle East political street art
  • African geometric design

I also link with other contemporary visual artists working in different media through:

Membership of:

  • Association of Illustrators
  • House of Illustration
  • Cambridge Urban Sketchers
  • Cambridge Camera Club

Participation in:

  • printmaking events and workshops at Curwen print studios and St Barnabas Press in Cambridge
  • Facebook networks for iPad, gouache, ink illustrators.
  • OCA study visits accessible from Cambridge.

More detail of my previous studies of different aesthetic approaches, please see the many links from my design and printmaking blogs:

Padlets of direct inspiration in this course

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