This Way Home

Artsmouth are thrilled to be back with a bang – showcasing a lovely, local, pencil-loving shape maker!

Join us on our journey through Mook’s marvellous mind as he presents his latest creations with us.

Together We Create Magic by Mook
The Book Of Bones by Mook
This Way Home by Mook
This Moment Of Peace by Mook
There Are My Stars by Mook
The Sausage King by Mook
The Bone Maker by Mook
Sinking Vs Saving by Mook
She Is The Egg Lady by Mook
Scraps Of Fortune by Mook
Hold Me Close by Mook
Ain't No Good In Stoppin' Now by Mook

We asked the artist…

How would you describe your work?
My work comes from a desire to brighten up the world around me. I use brash sunshine colours and primitive shapes. I have a few recurring motifs, things that I get caught up in drawing over and over again. I’m not sure what they all mean, I’m decoding them as I go.

What inspires you?
I’m largely inspired by other artists. I’m in love with Saul Bass’ movie posters, and strive to touch that magic with my own stuff. Kazland makes me want to paint, every time I see his work and how freely he seems to paint. Haring and Basquiat really scratch an itch for me. A guy on Intsta called Savich consistently makes me want to push my ideas harder and further. I’m mad about Russian Iconography, Typography, flat colours and hard edge painting. Inspiration can come from anywhere, when you’re open to it.

What materials do you generally use?
My go to materials are an A6 sketchpad and a mechanical pencil loaded with 2b lead. Everything starts there. Generally the next step is onto the laptop to clean it up and move things around… After that I might print out stencils for cutting n spray painting… Other times it may go through Photoshop to end as a digital print… Sometimes it’ll get transferred to wood or canvas as the base of an acrylic piece.

What’s been your favourite project to work on so far?
I think some of my all time favourite bits to work on have been my defaced album covers… They never got that much love at the time, but they crease me up whenever I look at them. They make me happy in the way I’d like my art to make others happy. I should really do more of them!

What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on a laser cut, layered wood piece. A collaboration with This Is Midge.
I grabbed an initial sketch from Midge, begged her to let me play with it.. I took that into the laptop and Mook’d it about a bit and split it into layers… The effort involved in layering these pieces, really breaks my brain, but in such a good way. Next it’s back to Midge to decide on colours n finish. Really excited to see how this turns out.

Where can we find more of your work?
On Instagram @mooklovesyou
At ‘The Corner Collective’, Albert Rd, Southsea
On the web at:
Stuck to lampposts and electric boxes around the city.