Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Interview: Owen Davey.

This week our interviewee is Owen Davey. His bold and brave imagery is reminiscent of retro advertising. We love his use of colour and shape which creates an interesting  modern/vintage aesthetic. His client list is very impressive and with two children's books under his belt his future looks very bright. He answers our quick ten.

What is your greatest achievement? 
Probably winning the 'Junior Magazine Most Promising New Talent Award' last year (2011) Hopefully I don't disappoint from now on...

How would you describe your work to someone who hadn't seen it? 
Simple. Friendly. Colourful. Designed. 

What piece of advice would you give your 15 year old self? 
Cut your hair, stop drawing Kurt Cobain & The Beatles, don't worry about all your drunken friends (they'll be fine) and don't watch the Spiderman movies... they're crap

Who would you most like to collaborate with? 
Charley Harper, unfortunately he's no longer alive. As it's a wish list, I'm hoping that answer is allowed though. His stuff was utterly stunning. 

What is the worst job you have ever had? 
I was commissioned to do some really tiny illustrations for a website, that were scaled down to within an inch of their life. I will never show them to anybody. 

Who would play you in the movie of your life?
 I'd love it to be Tom Hardy or someone ace like that ... but in all honesty it would most likely be a sort of George Michael Bluth-style Michael Cera.

What is the greatest song off all time? 
Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye ... from that amazingly sleazy little intro, into that amazing voice and melody ... I just can't help but love it .... Genuinely. I fucking love it!

What do you dislike most about popular culture? 
Talent shows that prize a forced emotion chord change over originality and songwriting. 

What is the greatest invention of all time? 
The Internet! Hands Down! I'd be buggered without it. 

If you didn't do what you do, what would you do? 
Dunno? I did Maths and Philosophy at A level so presumably something along the lines of a deep-thinking accountant?

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