Th’welcome th’up north to the wonderful city of Manchester where the weather can be cold but the hearts and our arts never get old. Im going to kick start my first post with a great illustrator and print maker John Powell Jones aka Savwo. I saw the exhibition earlier this month and thought the work was really fun it is reminiscent of early 70’s rock and film posters. Savwo’s work takes on a fresh new approach to this old genre and the hand made feel really comes together to make it a warm personable exhibition. I carried out a small interview here it is below hope you like it Savwo is proper top like.
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES?
1950’s horror comics, for instance E.C (entertainment comics) tales from the crypt) 80’s grind house exploitation and horror movies and the horror genre in general from 19-50 1980. I have an access to a huge supply of horror comics and posters books and horror ephemera.
HOW DO YOU CREATE YOUR ARTWORK?
Its all hand done with brush pens and pencil then hand screen-printed. Everything is created in close parameters from the drawing to the exicution its all done in the same room which is a really organic and intense process.
WHY DO YOU CREATE EVERYTHING BY HAND?
It gives a much ore personal aesthetic to the work, there’s more control over what what you’re doing from picking the colour to what mark your making on the paper.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
Doing the same thing with the same people but with a bigger studio.
WHY DO YOU LOVE SCREEN PRINTING SO MUCH?
It’s the fact that every print has its own character not one is the same, it’s the hand made human imperfections that make it more personable. It’s still repro graphics, but every single print is individual, be it an edition of 2 to 200.
WHY THE HORROR GENRE?
From an early age I had a fascination with macabre from collecting comics to watching the films. I don’t like being scared but love the fascination of what scares us. It’s the same reason people slow down at a car crash, you can’t help but look. I like the visuals and I try and bring a sense of that scared feeling to my work, I think it’s important to remember to never take yourself too seriously, John Carpenter for example is one of the greatest horror directors of all time and his films always have an undercurrent of comedy running through them.
The exhibition is on for the next few weeks at North Tea Power 36 Tib Street, Manchester, M41LA. If you like what you see Savwo’s link is at the bottom here along with North Tea Power. Enjoy
Posted by Nick