My good friend Nick Caro’s been steadily building up a wondrous portfolio of some of the finest photography you could hope to see at the moment. And has been really flexing his muscles lately. Whether it’s fashion, still life or deep, deep reportage, he brings a rich and sensuous slant to everything he points his […]
Shout (Alessandro Gottardo) is one clever dude. A seemingly inexhaustible stream of inventive, crafty, witty ideas, yet executed with glorious restraint and wonderfully self-assured delicacy (his name is somewhat of a misnomer). Despite his minimalism, muted colours and careful but rough lines, his style is distinctive and playful.
It’s contrasts that make life interesting. So in my illustration work, I like to combine the rough and loose with the tight and refined, the playful with the serious, and always try to maintain a strong handmade aesthetic, with plenty of drawn and painted elements throughout.
There is not much that excites me in the world of painting these days, but Mahesh Baliga is different. I came across this guy’s work while on a tour of Mumbai’s excellent art galleries last year. It brought to mind Peter Doig, Graham Dean and the late, great Reggie Pedro. Relaxed and colourful, and at times somewhat hallucinatory, these paintings are a breath of fresh air.
I love African music, and, as you’d expect, there’s an awful lot that goes totally unheard if you live somewhere like England. The Awesome Tapes From Africa website helps to redress the balance. There’s heaps of music streamed and downloadable.
It’s always a joy to see Andy Pott’s work in my feedreader, and it’s always there! He is one of the hardest working illustrators around, and it shows. There’s so much to see in every beautifully-constructed image, not least the colour. I just find his art stunning.