Jez Burrows: Sea Dream

Released Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sea Dream, by Jez Burrows.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Jez Burrows is a designer and illustrator originally from the South West of England, now living in Edinburgh. He studied graphic design from the University of Brighton, and since graduating in 2008 has worked with Nike, WNYC, The New York Times and lots more. Together with with illustratorLizzy Stewart, he also runs an independent press named Sing Statisticswhich publishes fiction and visual art. He enjoys forests. A lot.

About the print:
This is one of a series of Gocco prints made during a graphic arts fair called Pick Me Up, held in April 2011 at London's Somerset House. It's called Sea Dream and is based on a particularly nautical dream I didn't have, but am hoping to have at some point in the future.

This is a four-color Gocco print on 140 lb Canaletto Liscia, acid-free, 20% cotton paper. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist.


What has inspired you recently?
I've been researching heraldry a lot recently, which is something that I've always admired but never taken the time to investigate with any depth, until now. It's a true graphic language that feels strikingly modern, and has this enormous set of guidelines that define how everything should function together. It's incredible.

Oh, I've also been inspired by the second half of Abbey Road, which is also incredible. Particularly the Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End medley.

Why did you choose to pair Médecins Sans Frontières with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Médecins Sans Frontières because they're doing something important, difficult, and remarkable that I couldn't possibly hope to achieve.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I think of a very specific example from when I went to the NY MoMA quite a few years ago. Janet Cardiff's Forty-Part Motet was installed there, and I don't think I've ever seen a more serene room full of people in my life. Everybody was just lost in their own little world, listening to this beautiful, ancient piece of music. I stayed there for over an hour. There's something quite incredible about appreciating a piece of art in the company of a lot of strangers doing the same.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Chris Ware, possibly. I don't make comics, but I feel like he could have a fantastic reference library of paper ephemera. Plus, I'd quite like to pick up a bit of ragtime piano.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
The three chaps who make up Nous Vous - Will EdmondsNicolas Burrows, and Jay Cover - are all obscenely talented and making brilliant work. William Goldsmith is an illustrator who just put out his first book with Jonathan Cape recently (Vignettes of Ystov), it's incredible. Oh, and Luke Pearson, who is making increasingly brilliant comics every day.

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