Louis Netter:
My Cup Runneth Over

Louis Netter reminds us why it is indeed great to be alive, choreographing his experiences growing up in both America and the UK through his pen.

He takes a positive turn on social and political satire, nudging us to smile even in the most serious of situations.

Image inspired by the short stories of Mariana Enriquez (2023) by Louis Netter
Image inspired by the book Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo (2023) by Louis Netter
The Third Policeman (2022) by Louis Netter
Think Tank (2022) by Louis Netter
Beggar, Prague (2023) by Louis Netter
Beggar with dogs, Prague (2023) by Louis Netter
Disaster Capitalism (2022) by Louis Netter
Dogs under the table (2018) by Louis Netter
Dogs of war (2022) by Louis Netter
The rats left the ship (2008) by Louis Netter
The party is over (2019) by Louis Netter
Madness cover (2012) by Louis Netter

We asked the artist…

How would you describe your work?
Goya said “Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and source of their wonders.” I feel like my work operates in space that is both hyper engaged with the ‘real’ world and desperate to see it wildly obliterated, shifted, turned, exorcised, and revealed. I have been drawing so long that it is no longer a conscious act. My work is then a mirror. A mirror reflecting myself and my world. I have gone from angry young man to submitting to the world’s madness and mining it for meaning. I envision my work as being an ecstatic, psychic portrait of the world.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by drawing, painting, sculpture… all of the arts. I am also inspired by people and characters that I see in the street. I am like a hunter looking for subjects and inspiration. I often tap the same themes and try and find new symbols for humanity’s chronic problems. George Grosz is probably my single most enduring inspiration. As a German artist of the ’30s, he saw his society fold into itself and move towards darkness. This deteriorating vision happened in his sketchbooks and drawings, and I am not sure there has ever been a more vivid chronicle of society’s fragile moral fabric. Fundamentally, I am interested in the harsh consequence of our moral decisions. Beyond the acts of immorality, there is the aftermath, the lives lived in despair and denial. Growing up in America has perhaps twisted my world view. I think and feel in drawing, trapped in a twisted cartoon reality of my own making.

What materials do you generally use?
I do my reportage drawings with a Koh-I-Noor graphite stick. Even blunted, it provides a wonderful range of marks. For much of my drawing work, I use a Montblanc 149. The pen of prime ministers and mad artists. That pen is the Cadillac of drawing implements. A beautiful, varied line. I also do a lot of work on the iPad. In fact, I created my most recent graphic novel Refuge entirely on it.

What’s been your favourite project to work on so far?
I really enjoyed creating Refuge. The IPad enabled me to work faster than in other media. I also very much enjoyed making the music video for Charlie Jone’s song God.

My work are my children. I can’t choose favourites.

What are you currently working on?
I am enjoying being in between projects. I have three books coming out this year so it has been very busy leading up to this. That said, I am starting two new projects and will be developing a graphic reportage project. I also have a puppet show I am working on with Matt Smith which will be performed in Portsmouth Festivities.

Where can we find more of your work?
You can see more work at the following addresses.
www.louisnetter.com
www.lifestooshortfornuance.com
Instagram – @lounetter
www.youtube.com/watch?v=utVzKgtELww