I integrate pen, paint, digital, projections and print. My works often come from my passion for Carl Jung and my encounters with my unconscious. I also have a great liking of Dali – for me, there’s a deeper reality than the obvious one – a reality of symbols, myths and dreams; a reality that is deeply surreal. What I aspire to is to express this world.
Over the years I’ve often produced large-scale artworks, usually around the theme of environmental politics. I was highly active in the UK’s anti-fracking movement, and produced several banners like this one –
I studied graphic design 20 years ago at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University. Foolishly I had decided to start an English magazine; the winter of 1999 saw me in the university library hacking text and images into a form where they would sit well in a design. What I was doing (although I didn’t realise it then) was learning composition.
The magazine went spectacularly bust, and a few years later I found myself in Egypt, where I began selling yoga holidays. I needed a website and so began my second design learning. Back then websites were fairly new – and creating something aesthetically pleasing that also worked as a sales tool took me many months in a dusty internet cafe on the Red Sea coast.
Along with websites I began producing videos. Not much still exists from that time, but this is one promo video I made with friends in Egypt’s Sinai desert.
Since I got back from Egypt I’ve been an environmental activist and also in business. I’ve made digital 3D models of solar systems, anti-fracking campaign materials, and a collection of yoga dolls.
I also began to teach acroyoga, an intensely aesthetic (as well as fun) sort of yoga, and whose visuals inspired me to make videos.
More recently I entered into Jungian analysis and realised that there were deep parts of myself that I had no idea existed. Part of analysis is to try to represent what we find; when I understood that my drawings of my dreams were not up to scratch I knew a new part of my life had begun – and I began to draw.
Given all that, I have a good understanding post production – basically the digital side. Drawing by hand fairly new to me, but I try and use what techniques I have learnt to express a world that goes beyond the day to day.
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Contempori is curated by Will Cottrell, a serial entrepreneur and art aficionado.
Will has founded solar companies, magazines, ecommerce websites and holiday operator – all built on solid foundations of digital marketing.
Contemporary is his latest venture, and runs from where he lives near the Tate gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, UK.