Created for "Bad Reputation" exhibition, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London 2022
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Will Wright is a contemporary British artist, filmmaker and activist.
Growing up amongst his father's print business, ink was in his blood from a very early age: experimenting with letraset, markers and ink, as a child.
Influences such as 2000AD comic book, Trash VHS video tapes and Electro Hip Hop led Will on to directing music videos with notorious metal band Cradle of Filth, British action star Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Game of Thrones) and a host of UK talent. Art activism and esoteric study has led Will back to fine art with work that draws upon his wealth of experience.
His artwork incorporates symbolism derived from ancient spirituality, Northern European folklore and mythology within a distinctly urban context: Atomiser replaces spray can, tags become sigils and throw ups as shrines.
Claire trained BA (Hons) degree at Manchester Metropolitan University in Fashion, Textiles and Embroidery. It was the early 90's and. Acid House....Hacienda Being able too go to the famous club, after years spent collecting and listening to DJ mixtapes of early House and Dance classic tunes.
As a young child, Claire was fascinated by the illustrations of Robert Lumley and Eric Winter, the 1960's/1970's illustrators for the Ladybird series of children's picture books. Both Lumley and Winter created realistic images with a medieval/fairytale asthetic, combined with a horror/whimsical twist. This in particular, would inspire Claire's more recent artwork which includes The real Mr Punch, a....project.
While living in Australia for 4 years, Claire wrote and illustrated her first picture book, I Have a Bear, for Brolly Books, Melbourne. It was a childhood premonition at 6 years old that drove Claire to pursue her dream of becoming a children's author and illustrator, and one that she continues to work towards, with new digital illustrations.
Claire's work has now branched into visionary art...