Humphrey Ocean’s Portraits of Everyday People

Humphrey Ocean

I recently discovered the work of Humphrey Ocean, an English artist who has been painting since the early 70’s. His first major solo exhibition was at London’s National Portrait Gallery in 1984 and he has since shown at the Tate Liverpool and the Whitechapel Gallery.

While perhaps best known for his iconic etching, Black Love Chair, which appeared on the cover of Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full in 2007, it is his recent collection of portraits which I want to share with you today.

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Philip Kennedy

April 17, 2014 / By

‘Animal Visions’ in Tom Chambers’ Magical Photomontages

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers is an American photographer who creates intriguing photomontages which hint at strange stories and magical unspoken tales. His series Animal Visions is a wonderful example of what he does so well. Focusing on his fascination with the animal kingdom, this work explores the relationships and connections between people and animals and creates wonderful images that are surreal and beautiful.

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Philip Kennedy

April 15, 2014 / By

Busy Illustrated Scenes by Monica Ramos

Monica Ramos

Monica Ramos creates fantastically busy scenes peopled with wonderful characters and a great sense of energy. Born in the Philippines but now living and working in Brooklyn; Monica has worked on commissions for clients such as The New York Times, Rookie Mag and Oh Comely!. For me there’s a touch of Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo about much of her work and for a boy who spent many days lost in search of Waldo (or as I knew him “Wally”) this is no bad thing.

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Philip Kennedy

April 14, 2014 / By

EveryHey – Illustrated Pop Culture Fun Everyday on Instagram

EveryHey

EveryHey

If, like me, you’re constantly on the look out for interesting accounts to follow on Instagram then I’m sure you’ll enjoy EveryHey; an account which posts minimalist renderings of pop culture characters everyday to their account. Created by the Spanish studio Hey, the Barcelona-based team have been posting quirky creations since mid-February and everyone of them so far has put a smile on my face.

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Philip Kennedy

April 9, 2014 / By

Eye-Popping Marbled Typography by M&E

M and E for Offset

M&E is the design studio of Matthew Bolger and Emelie Lidström. The couple live and work in the Swedish city of Malmö where they combine design, illustration, photography and typography to amazing effect.

Recently they made some great work for OFFSET; a creative conference in Dublin which took place last month. M&E created lots of promotional material and branding for the conference but it was their short colorful video stings that introduced each speaker which really caught my eye.

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Philip Kennedy

April 7, 2014 / By

Fantastic Scientific and Biological Illustrations by Katie Scott

Katie Scott

If you don’t already know the work of London-based illustrator Katie Scott then you’re in for a treat. Katie’s unique style is unlike anything else I’ve seen being made today. Inspired by the scientific and biological illustrations of the past, Katie’s hand drawn work feels fresh and distinctive and it’s no wonder that she has worked with so many impressive clients over her the last few years.

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Philip Kennedy

April 3, 2014 / By

‘Shape’ – An Animation About Design That Everyone Should Watch

Shape by Johnny Kelly

If, for one day, you had the power to make your world work better, what would you change?’ – This is the question posed in Shape, a new animated short from director Johnny Kelly. The film is part of a larger project called MakeShapeChange which invites young people to think about how the world around them is made and where design fits in. It’s a wonderful little film and a fantastic way to encourage people to think about design.

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Philip Kennedy

April 2, 2014 / By

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