Author: Imogen Aldridge

An Interview with Dave Towers

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.

AR: What first drew you towards typography?

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.

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LOVE 2022 by Dave Towers
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AR: What do you want viewers to feel when they experience your work?

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. 

 

AR: Your artworks are so vibrant, how important is colour to your work?

DAVE: I love the overlay of colour. How inks change colour when you overlay them in a certain order. 

 

AR: What inspires your artworks? Do you take inspiration from any other artists/art movements?

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.

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A detail of Dave Towers' hand-embellished LOVE 2022 print
An Interview with Dave Towers | Image

AR: Your artworks must require a steady hand and concentration, do you have any rituals that get you in the creative mood?

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.

 

AR: Are you much of a planner? How long does an artwork take you, from idea to completed piece?

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.

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An Interview with Dave Towers | Image

AR: How does creating your own artwork compare to collaborating with big brands?

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.

 

AR: What can you tell us about your release with Art Republic?

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.

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Dave Towers creating his hand-finished LOVE 2022 limited edition prints

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AR: What’s next for you?

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.

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6 x 10 cm

Dreams Can Come True

55 x 56.5cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

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Masterpiece Minus

42 x 29.7cm

£190

42 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
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£200

60 x 60cm

Debbie Harry Rainbow Art Print by Veebee
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Veebee £160

£160

50 x 50cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
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£195

31 x 24cm

Pangolin - Medium Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
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Pangolin - Medium

40 x 40cm

£100

40 x 40cm

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£135

50 x 70cm

Prince 2000 ZERO ZERO Art Print by Mike Edwards
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£150

50 x 50cm

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50 x 50cm

£120

50 x 50cm

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15 x 12 x 6cm

£300

15 x 12 x 6cm

Pacific Grind

20.3 x 81cm

£200

20.3 x 81cm

Elvis Art Print by David Studwell
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50 x 50cm

£175

50 x 50cm

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42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

MK-Ultra I

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

Northern Scum Art Print by Katrina Russell-Adams
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29.7 x 42cm

£85

29.7 x 42cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Kate Moss - Glow Art Print by VeeBee
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VeeBee £285

Kate Moss - Glow

70 x 70 cm

£285

70 x 70 cm

£267

75 x 75cm

Humpek Purple Sculpture

12 x 6 x 12cm

£240

12 x 6 x 12cm

Fail Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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50 x 70cm

£135

50 x 70cm

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Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£165

45.72 x 60.96 cm

I Love Recycling

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

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£35

15 x 15cm each

R2Heart2 - Copper Art Print by RYCA
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50 x 70cm

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