Author: Imogen Aldridge
Ahead of our highly anticipated release of new and exclusive artworks by Dave Towers, we sat down with the typography artist to get the inside scoop of his new print and what keeps him inspired.
DAVE: I always enjoyed drawing letters, alphabets. I remember we were given art homework to design a typeface in secondary school and I got carried away and did three. It didn't feel like work. I just wanted to do it. We'd do a still life study in art class, and I'd spend a lot of the time drawing the label and typography on the wine bottle.
DAVE: Oh god I don't know. I suppose a gut feeling of warmth and joy? The textures and imperfections of the ink are quite unpredictable. You're trying to be perfect, but you never quite make it. I'd hope it's the imperfections that people are drawn to.
DAVE: I love the overlay of colour. How inks change colour when you overlay them in a certain order.
DAVE: I spent about twenty years trying to develop my own typographic style. I'd always be trying to experiment with something. Dutch typography really inspires me. Karel Martens. Letman. Wim Crouwel. Parra. Niels Shoe Meulman. I love Geoff McFetridge and Jason Revok also and the German artist Stohead, he's fucking brilliant.
DAVE: I just get stuck in. When it comes to painting, I've generally worked out the composition and it's down to the imperfections of the ink that bring things to life. I probably spend most of my time painting thinking about the solution to the next painting.
DAVE: I plan it all. That's what takes the time. And that's what makes the process videos that got me a lot of attention look like it's so easy. You don't see the four hours previous working it all out.
DAVE: Working for big brands gives you discipline and, as a creative, a sometimes-defiant work ethic. You try your hardest to create something you feel proud of whilst working within the restrictions of guidelines. Working for yourself gives you energy, freedom and excitement. Both complement each other.
DAVE: The LOVE painting was my first real collaboration with a gallery. This release on giclée will hopefully open it up to a wider audience. The quality of the print is really amazing. I didn't think you could get that close to the original with a giclée print.
DAVE: There are talks of a possible solo show in London this year. Lots of new concepts and materials I need to find the time to paint and experiment with.#
To keep up to date with the latest artworks from Dave Towers, and get your hands on his much-anticipated LOVE print, visit his collection page here.
59.5 x 42cm
Limited Edition of 50
84.5 x 59.5cm
Limited Edition of 10