Category Archive: Artist Interviews

Home boy, Street artist Donk London

Mixing photocopying, illustration and printmaking, Donk London’s paste ups and murals are steeped in the time, place and city that evoked them.

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Being a global Nigerian – the images of photographer Ima Mfon

“I’ve always liked photography,” says Ima Mfon, on his brave decision to quit a successful job in IT and graduate with a Masters in Photography. “I got to a point where I wasn’t… Continue reading

Nigerian Photographer Abraham Oghobase

Nigerian photographer Abraham Oghobase’s conceptual and experimental photography is a response to many things he says, but with one overarching theme, “purpose” and identity against the social and political developments happening within Nigeria’s… Continue reading

Documenting social inequality in Mozambique

The fluidity of power and social inequality are main drivers in Mario Macilau’s images. The Mozambique photographer’s often thematic series of images were described by London’s Saatchi gallery as ‘a narrative by means… Continue reading

Defining Egypt: Artist Sherin Guirguis

For LA-based artist Sherin Guirguis, Mashrabiyas could be used almost as metaphors between private and public identities. “It’s always about the private ideas that are nurtured in [these] spaces that then explode onto… Continue reading

South African Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa

Legendary South African Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa recently completed a solo exhibition at New York’s Jack Shainman Gallery last month. Growing up in post-apartheid South Africa, the photographer has been concerned with documenting the… Continue reading

Street art duo STATIC

Last summer I caught up with East-London based creative duo STATIC via skype to discuss some of the ideas behind their artwork, and exhibition ‘Moments of Clarity’ that took place at Whisper Gallery.… Continue reading

Judging a book by its cover

   January is very much the time when people take time to reflect. And in the spirit of things, I thought I’d dig out an old interview I did with David Pearson on… Continue reading

Quazimotto on Wax: Photographer J Quazi King

J. Quazi King is a Brooklyn based fashion and lifestyle photographer rapidly gaining a phenomenal fan base despite having started in photography just two years ago. Focusing on portraiture, the ex- fashion stylist… Continue reading

Art of the People

To some it must seem like a heady transition propelled by Banksy. But the journey street art made from the painted wall, to graffiti, to stencil and finally established galleries has been a… Continue reading

Peter Saville on Helvetica and Typography

Recognised for his record cover designs for Joy Division and New Order, Peter Saville talks about the evolution of typography and the appeal of Helvetica… Do you believe there is a historical consciousness… Continue reading

Designers for Japan

Designers for Japan is a collaborative effort between designers, photographers, and imagemakers from around the world to create posters for sale in aid of relief efforts in Japan. The brief for the artworks… Continue reading

Good 50×70

Following on from my previous post on designers collaborating with charities, focus is on Italian based poster project Good 50×70, an annual contest in which seven charities provide a brief on a global… Continue reading

Design For Haiti

Until recently the words ‘designer’ and ‘fundraising’ were rarely uttered in the same sentence. But the events of Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, followed by the Japan Tsunami changed all that. What followed… Continue reading

Change in direction for Banksy protégé

Artist Eelus’ decision to move away from street art is creating quite a stir. He explains the reason behind his change in direction, the future of street art, and that papercut book cover… Continue reading

Mark Blamire, Helvetica and Trainspotting

So Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting celebrated its 15th anniversary last month. The film’s posters were designed by Rob O’Connor and Mark Blamire originally of Stylorouge. Mark Blamire explains some of the decisions behind the… Continue reading

Wide open walls of Gambia

                            On a clear October morning, street artist Eelus is painting under the baking heat of the great African sun.… Continue reading

Love is Dark

Cleverly situated amongst Bloomsbury’s art students and book designers, Darkroom London boasts a dedicated army of followers rapidly growing in numbers. The brainchild of Rhonda Drakeford, co-founder of graphic design studio Multistorey, and… Continue reading

Penguin goes Art Deco

Coralie Bickford-Smith is senior cover designer at Penguin Classics. Her latest designs are the sell-out special edition series of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels. What did you want to achieve with the F. Scott… Continue reading