From spending his art classes at school creating fantasy record covers for Prince, Big Active Design’s Mat Maitland achieved his life long dream of designing the real thing for his new single Fallinlove2nite. The cover features an image created by Mat in his signature collage style. Welcome to the Dream Factory.
Anthony Burrill has just released a limited edition nine-colour screenprint with Jealous Gallery. The print is Anthony’s most ambitious to date, using half-tones, colour merges and fluorescent inks. To coincide with the release, Anthony reposted the original 2006 animation that inspired the print, Michelle Plays Ping Pong. It was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has generated 150,000 views in a week.
Andy Rementer has created the cover for the latest issue of Juxtapoz, the contemporary and underground art magazine. The magazine also features an in-depth interview with Andy, where he discusses storytelling, human bodies with animal heads, and people-watching. Out now.
Reaching its conclusion this week is Jody Barton’s latest solo show ‘Manic Defence & The Free Library’. In two parts, ‘Manic Defence’, features 41 original works for sale at €100 each, while ‘The Free Library’ exists online, comprising total digitisation of 15 of Jody’s hand-drawn books from the last 10 years. We would suggest starting with I Hate Dolphins or Bad Girlfriend.
The exhibition runs until 21st February at Antonio De Luca Studio, Berlin. The prints are also available online.
Kate Gibb recently completed an editorial commission for FT Magazine, the glossy weekend supplement of the Financial Times. Kate’s silkscreen prints accompany an article about the foundation and rise of music identification app Shazam. The entire article and images are available to view on the FT website.
Dutch artist Letman is the feature of a short film by Italian tailor Canali. Through the creation of eighty original pieces, one for every year of Canali’s existence, Letman demonstrates the skill and craft behind his hand-lettering. The film, titled ‘Contours’, offers a rare close-up on Letman’s brush and ink process, and concludes with a reveal of the entire set of images.
We are pleased to announce that our sleeve for White Lies ‘Big T.V.’ has been voted winner of Art Vinyl’s annual prize showcasing the best album artwork of the year. Big Active Design worked closely with the band and painter Michael Kagan to create the winning sleeve. The nominees and winners are on display at the Malmaison hotel in London, Oxford and Birmingham until the end of January.
Andy Rementer has just released People Blocks, a limited series of wooden characters made and painted by hand. The pieces of the four characters are designed to be completely interchangeable, allowing them to be reassembled to create custom characters, or even abstract sculptures. Produced by Case Studyo, the characters Antoine, Fabienne, Jean and François have been made in an edition of 12.
Will Sweeney has created a poster for a concert by Italian prog rock pioneers, Goblin. Performing some of their most iconic scores in Los Angeles for the first time in their 40 year history, the gig will be followed by a screening of Dario Argento’s 1975 Deep Red, also scored by the band. The screening and performance is part of Beyond Fest, a collective-run festival dedicated to the ‘very best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema’.
Hermès recently commissioned Anthony Burrill to create an animated film for the reopening of their Beverly Hills store. In addition to the film, Anthony’s work was the basis for a fully interactive experience at the opening event, with all guests receiving a bespoke digital coin, used to unlock personalised content. More to come soon.