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
- Middle East political street art
- African geometric design
I also link with other contemporary visual artists working in different media through:
- Association of Illustrators
- House of Illustration
- Cambridge Urban Sketchers
- Cambridge Camera Club
- 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: