Taking the Mick to new eyes

Mick Marston: Dogtooth
Mick Marston: Dogtooth
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THE distinctive images of award-winning illustrator Mick Marston will find a temporary home at Sheffield gallery A Month Of Sundays later this month.

Marston has a client list as long as your arm – from Atlantic Records to Vodafone via The Guardian and Penguin Books – but occasionally makes prints to satisfy his creative urges and buck the trend of commercial illustration.

Outlook Gloomy, With Bright Intervals will include some of those as screen prints, drawing upon fragmented memories, thoughts, half baked bits of useful (and useless) information, stories, pictures, paranoia, songs and language.

Mick said of work featured in a recent exhibition: “The images are primarily the result of the current economic climate – not particularly in terms of imagery or subject matter but more in the fact I’ve had time on my hands.

“I’m an illustrator, an unashamed commercial artist. What does an illustrator do when the commissions stop coming? After all the first things to disappear in a recession are inventive advertising and bespoke images.

“Constraint is a vital ingredient. I’m a printmaker at heart, therefore I use the computer as if I was going to print the outcome personally. I even impose constraints on the way things are drawn sometimes.”

Artist Pete McKee, who owns the Hunters Bar gallery, adds: “For me Mick is one of his most inventive, imaginative and talented graphic artists working today. Each illustration shines with wit and invention.”

Outlook Gloomy, With Bright Intervals runs August 25 until September 22. Entry is free.