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British illustrator Nathan Hackett

Illustration // Friday, 29 Nov 2013
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Nathan Hackett is a British illustrator and visual artist whose work has developed a pedantic personality and a labored attention to detail from a love and frustration in creating. Having exhausted all he can absorb from the suburbs of Birmingham, Nathan graduated from the Arts University College in Bournemouth underneath the guidance of working artists such as David Callow, Joel Lardner and Marcus Oakley before graduating in 2012.

Having worked and curated on several self initiated exhibitions in that time; he has developed an interest in literature, old cinema and comic books; particularly the social critiques of George Orwell. This inspires his work in subversive and satirical narratives to express psychological and political conflict. His illustrations often feature monochromatic mark-making in pencil and ink to create intricate or three dimensional compositions that are informed by the spaces and shapes around us. To create these narratives, he employs the use of the dominating architectural landscapes and urban concrete structures we have become accustomed to as an interpretation of the nature of existing and living in its environment.

Whilst being engaged in the ongoing evolution of his work, Nathan is also interested in the process of collaborative exercises within the creative community and values the importance of theoretical understanding in creating. He is currently investigating the nature and impulses of creatives to create in a project, which involves interviewing recent graduates and producing artworks inspired by elements of their character.

When creating these illustrations, Nathan micro sleeps on bathroom breaks and will drink inhuman amounts of coffee, which results in a handshake that is too enthusiastic.

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