Owen Gatley: The Slaying of the Beast

Released Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Slaying of the Beast, by Owen Gatley.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Jane Goodall Institute.

Owen Gatley is an illustrator and designer who recently graduated from Bristol UWE, and now resides in his hometown of the Malvern Hills – a picturesque, small town in Worcestershire, England.

Owen’s work is influenced by 50s and 60s comic books, package design, and film posters. In addition to working with 2D illustration, he also enjoys working in 3D, particularly with making pop-ups and paper models. Owen calls himself a terrible perfectionist. When he's not drawing, Owen can be found playing his banjo and writing scores for film and animation.

About the print:
As a boy, I was obsessed with the tales of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table. I decided to form my own brotherhood of knights called 'The Order of Succor' ('Succor' meaning 'to come to someone's aid') and produced five pencil drawings depicting each knight of the Order. This piece shows Sir Digbeth, who won his knighthood by slaying the vicious dragon, Shirog.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
I bought some 1950s Eagle and Hot Rod comics a few weeks ago from a car boot sale and from eBay, as I've been doing a lot of work recently based around classic cars. I also just designed a collection of paper model cars, and the packaging design is very inspired by the 50s toy advertisements found in the Eagle comics.

Why did you choose to pair the Jane Goodall Institute with your print?
I chose this charity because too many of the earth's great species are under threat of extinction, and too many are poorly treated. I think it is really important that people have an increased awareness of the fragility of the environment and all its living things, as well as the importance of its preservation. The Jane Goodall Institute strives to do just that – to 'respect, nourish and protect all living things'.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
So many ways. Art affects visual landscapes as much as it challenges perceptions, but for me personally, it has provided a very attractive alternative to getting an office job, and I really hope I will be lucky enough to pursue it as a career and way of life.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
That's a difficult one. I don't think I'd do to well at being mentored as I like making my own mistakes and solving my own problems. However, for my pop-ups, it would be great to be mentored by Robert Sabuda, the pop-up king, so that I could steal all his technical wizardry. I'd also like to be more proficient with a paintbrush, so if he were still about, I'd call on Pieter Bruegel for a master class.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
My ex-housemates/coursemates Luke Jinks, Jack Hudson and Adam Hancher; they're all very talented guys. And my older, illustrator sister, Heather Gatley!

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