Like all great ideas, it came to me in a flash. Surely I can’t have just thought of that…? Surely someone has already had that idea…?
Surely someone has already done that…?
A quick and very nervous check on Google images. Nope. Nothing.
But I can’t do it myself. I can’t paint it. I can’t fake it, I can’t cut and paste it, I can’t photoshop it. It needs to be an actual painting. By an actual artist. Someone who can paint in that style. Someone who will share my vision and my mad idea and make it real…
It took me nearly three years to find Andrew Bylo. And, ironically, I already knew him. I’d sold him my house. I knew he was an illustrator but not the full scale of his talent and ability.
It was only when I spoke of my idea, for almost the first time ever, to a close friend, that I was pointed in his direction.
The rest was easy.
So here it is - my mad vision - my genius idea - his skill and observation - something so obvious and so simple…
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you :
David Owen is a pop artist from the North of England. Most of his work is focused on folk music, folk lore and popular culture. His work has been described as both “cheerfully subversive” and “is that supposed to be funny?”
He designs record and CD sleeves and concert posters and festival graphics. His work frequently appears in the pages of fROOTS Magazine. His work has been exhibited at Cecil Sharp House in London - the Southbank London, The Sage Gateshead, and Austin Texas as part of SWSX.
A piece of work designed and printed by him is on permanent display in the official Star Wars Museum at Ranch Obi-Wan in USA.www.theinkcorporation.co.uk
Andrew can’t remember a time when he wasn’t drawing something or other, either for love or money. He’s been drawing and painting for a living for 35 years, with agents in Paris, New York and The Far East.
From his earliest commission in 1981 - a Faber book edited by Ian Dury featuring the work of emerging writers and artists - to 2015, a painting for The Waterson Family’s stage set, he’s done posters for London Underground & Wimbledon, original artworks for P&O, and illustrations for a long list of corporate and editorial clients.
He’s recently just finished the fourth in a series of seasonal visual identities for a Japanese clothing brand.www.andrewbylo.co.uk
The overall paper size is 483mm x 330mm - the print area is 297mm x 396mm.
Printed using an 11 colour giclée process onto 315gsm 390 micron high white 100% cotton smooth matte Innova fine art paper.
The edition is limited to 1000 copies.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artists and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Prints will be handled with gloves and interleaved with acid free tissue paper and securely packaged in a strong 3” cardboard tube with plastic end caps and sent by Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded Delivery (or International equivalent).
All our fine art prints are produced using the very latest Epson Ultrachrome HDR inks, which consists of 11 separate colours, coupled with high quality acid free papers, which have been tested and certified as having a print permanence in excess of 85 years. The Blue Wool Scale measures and calibrates the permanence of printing inks and papers. Traditionally this test was developed for the textiles industry but it has now been adopted by the printing industry as a measure of lightfastness of ink pigments.
Each of our medias has a Blue Wool scale award of at least 6. The scale is graded from 0-8, 0 being poor and 8 considered to be totally fade resistant. The Blue Wool scale 6 is said to translate to a print permanence in excess of 85 years, so you can be confident that your limited edition prints will last a lifetime.