We were lucky enough to get the lowdown from East London artist Ian Viggars.
The 37-year-old who lives with his wife in Bow was commissioned to paint the mural two years ago by a member of the indie band Cornershop, who lives in the street. It was the first public mural he’d ever painted and it took two days.
The singer got in touch with Ian to commission the mural after spotting examples of his work on Instagram.
Ian said: “As I was painting lots of people stopped and watched – they were really supportive – some of them even asked if I was Banksy!
“I’ve always loved painting and illustration and used to paint a lot in my spare time. Then six years ago I started to try to sell paintings as a side business.
“I love the idea of reducing everyday meals to such bright, simple designs and colours so that they become almost childlike and abstract.
“I like my paintings to be of things people have a nostalgic connection to and make it bigger and larger than real life. 80% of my paintings are of food.
“My inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources. I love the original pop artists from the 60s (Warhol, Lichtenstein), retro computer game graphics, modern animation like The Simpsons, and I have a long and deep love of alternative music and the poster and album artwork that goes along with it.”
Ian paints with acrylics and is also keen on animation; his dream is to create a music video that incorporates his paintings.
When he’s not working as a freelance artist, Ian produces and edits digital videos – he’s currently working for Beano comic producing funny videos for children. He also produces merchandise to sell through websites such as Etsy and many of his paintings sell via Artfinder.
His favourite artists include Stoke Newington-based Camille Walala and ‘doodlebomber’ Hattie Stewart.
Ian studied A-Level Art and, at university, he studied Media. His best-selling artwork is a painting of a box of fried chicken.
I like my paintings to be of things people have a nostalgic connection to
Posted 23rd May 2018
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