Please join us in welcoming Ollie Cooper to artrepublic!
Lettering artist and illustrator Ollie Cooper’s work is bold and playful, providing commentary on subjects such as language, social and environmental issues. Combining his branding background with his love of typography, Ollie's signature style fuses together language with bespoke lettering to create tongue-in-cheek, impactful pieces.
Ollie is passionate about working sustainably to provide environmentally friendly artwork. His preferred print medium is risograph as all the inks used are soy-based. When not in his South London studio you can find him sign painting anti-littering messages in parks or painting murals for local businesses.
Check out our exclusive Q&A with Ollie below.
AR: What was the driving force behind your choice to become an artist?
As a kid, I loved replicating sports badges and brand logos as closely as possible. I had no idea what typography and hand lettering was back then, all I knew was that it was my favourite thing to do!
AR: How has your life and experiences influenced your artwork?
The more that I've learned about sustainable artwork and ways of living, the more I've wanted to apply it to my own art. I've recently launched my first "salvage" collection of custom pieces created from salvaged wood, glass or other materials. I also draw a lot of inspiration from music, current affairs and traditional signwriting techniques.
AR: What did it feel like when you sold your first artwork?
The thought of someone choosing my art for their home is a special feeling. My art plays with language, humour and topics that are important and personal to me - so it's a great feeling knowing that my style resonates with people.
AR: How have you developed your style?
My style has definitely developed and become a more cohesive voice over the years. I've worked hard to refine my craft and have learned new skills like signwriting and murals along the way too.
AR: What is your workspace set-up like?
Idea generation for me is best done away from the desk; a coffee shop or any outdoor area can be inspirational. Once the idea is noted on a sketchbook or a scrap of paper I’ll develop it in my studio at home using layers of tracing paper or an iPad. Having a good record on in the background also always helps!
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