Released Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Man of the Woods, by Adam Hancher.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Kids In Need Foundation.
Adam Hancher is a freelance illustrator currently working and living in Bristol, UK. Adam's work is mainly influenced by print, engravings and woodcuts - in particular the artworks of Thomas Bewick and Utagawa Hiroshige. He also takes inspiration from 1920's and 30's graphic design, having specific interest in the composition and limited colour palettes applied to work of that era.
About the print:
The piece was taken from a body of work that placed emphasis upon different approaches to hunting. The series contrasted the reckless approach of the weekend hunter from out of town, to the woodsman who is one with nature. This image depicts the humble woodsman.
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?
My dad recently found some old comics and annuals dating back from the 1960's, through to the 80's. They all hold a 1960's feel, though, and I have been very influenced by some of the techniques employed by the artists. I have definitely taken on board their tonal qualities and use of limited colour.
Why did you choose to pair the Kids In Need Foundation with your print?
I have a little nephew who is lucky enough to never really feel the struggle that some other children will. Every kid deserves the same chance to learn and progress, and so I chose this charity to help those children that may need a little extra help.
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
For me, art provides a form of entertainment that I was never really exposed to much as a child. As I have grown older, I have learned to appreciate a much wider variety of artwork and, as a result of this, have discovered a whole host of inspiring culture and history from around the world, but also from right where I live.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I think it would have to be Thomas Bewick, just so I could understand how he can create so much detail when dealing with such a minute scale. To be taught a methodology of work by someone who is a master would be pretty amazing.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I would have to say (as Owen has said before me), my good friends Owen Gatley, Jack Hudson, and Luke Jinks. Working with them has taught me a lot. With regards to some of my favourite artists, I'd say Thomas Bewick, Utagawa Hiroshige, Heironymous Bosch, and Diego Rivera.