Diana Boyle: Singapore. Old Versus New.

Released Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Singapore. Old Versus New., by Diana Boyle.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Architecture for Humanity.

After growing up in Gravesend, Kent, Diana Boyle studied Illustration at the University of Brighton. After graduating, she spent a year travelling and working in New Zealand, and then returned to the UK to pursue a career in illustration. Diana is now working as a freelance illustrator in London.

Diana has worked for a number of clients, including Jones Lang LaSalle, L&Co, DAC Beachcroft, and the Natural History Museum. However, private and smaller commissions also remain an enjoyable and important part of her work.

Diana's projects range from magazine illustrations, website headers and thumbnails, to logos and large scale banner illustrations.

About the print:
After spending a year in New Zealand, my boyfriend and I travelled back to the UK via Singapore. Staying in Singapore's Little India, it was easy to be inspired by the relationship of its new and old architectural styles. My illustration comes from exploring the surrounding area - markets, shopping centres, temples, tower blocks - each street a cultural revolution in fascinating harmony.

This print is available in multiple sizes, and in an archival ready-to-hang version. Learn more here.


What has inspired you recently?
I have to say my friends. I see them slog it out day in and day out - working in the mornings and working in the evenings to produce beautiful pieces of work, whether it be photographic, a logo for a client, a coin design, or something they've investigated as a self-initiated project. They're the real thing and they inspire me to challenge myself.

Why did you choose to pair Architecture for Humanity with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Architecture for Humanity, because I think that a charity that works to bring people together under one roof, whether it be a school, a home, or a community centre, deserves our support.

Additional drawings from Diana's Singapore trip.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I love how art can affect the every day without necessarily being dramatic or overly controversial, just by being a talking point, or a common ground. For example, I loved the figures Antony Gormley produced as part of his exhibition Blind Light in London, and placed in seemingly random parts of the capital for Londoners and tourists alike to discover. Brilliant.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
David Gentleman. He has a way of making his illustrations seem effortless - as if they had just been waiting to be born to the page. His variation in technique and documentation of the world around us is mind-boggling to me. I could learn quite a lot from him.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Without question, Nigel Peake. His architectural background and obvious playfulness in his illustrations just work. His take on the everyday is extraordinary. His book 'Sheds' just blew me away when I first opened it, and I have been a devout follower ever since.

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