Dan Lacey screenprints under the brand Colour Black. He works as an art director in advertising, and screenprints at PrintClub London in East London whenever he can.
His work doesn’t take itself too seriously. If it can make you smile, laugh or think; happy days. Here, Dan answers our most pressing questions.
AR: What was the driving force behind your choice to become an artist?
Originally I started to screenprint so I could print t-shirts because I could never find a t-shirt design I liked. But first I thought i’d try a few posters and I haven’t looked back since - and I still haven’t printed one t-shirt as of yet!
AR: Do you keep tabs on art trends or are you all about doing your own thing?
To be honest I kinda just do my own thing. At least I like to think I do.
AR: What/who are your biggest influences?
I’m a big fan of Pure Evil, Anthony Burrill and Banksy’s colour screen prints, and Warhol obviously. But in terms of other influences, I do love a good Russian Avant Garde film poster and Brutalist Architecture.
AR: What did it feel like when you sold your first artwork?
I still have the first £20 note from my first show where I sold my first print, and it will be framed as pride of place at home.
AR: What’s your favourite creative work?
If I was able to own any art piece it would be a Jackson Pollock
AR: How have you developed your style?
Practice, practice and practice, also sometimes it’s a case of playing around with ideas and see what’s going down well.
AR: What’s your favourite piece in your portfolio and why?
‘You nosey c**t’ - it wasn’t my first piece but it was the first one that I really started selling, and I still really like it too. It really started to make me think about how people interact with posters and art. It’s quite funny still seeing people lean in, only to then read what it says.
AR: Describe your art style in three words.
Fun, Playful, Black