Devil In The Detail
Jack opens our eyes to the difficult topics of body acceptance, disability and equality through his ink illustrations.
He’s created the perfect brew of humour and historical for the people of Pompey to connect with.
We asked the artist…
I create small, surreal fineliner drawings. I like to weave together art history references, contemporary pop culture and personal experiences to create a sense of strangeness yet also familiarity. With characters often looking towards the viewer, as though caught-on-camera, the notion of self-consciousness is a recurring beat in my works.
What inspires you?
Everything and anything inspires me. Horror films, old paintings in galleries, scenery, wonky buildings, hairstyles, cartoons I watched growing up. Anything really. I like to look at things, study them, zoom in and out, stare at them, look at the details, maybe take a photo that I’ll copy or forget about later.
What materials do you generally use?
Nice sharp pencils and fineliners. I’d like to experiment with ink brush painting this year.
What’s been your favourite project to work on so far?
The collabs with Megmayo, of course! I haven’t done many collabs in the past so being able to work on top of someone else’s drawings is refreshingly liberating and helps me create with spontaneity.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently struggle-juggling a full-time teaching schedule with creating artwork at home. It’s difficult, but I’m enjoying how much of my days are filled with art. The drawing I’m currently working on is a reinterpretation of Ingres’ Grand Odalisque, with the artist’s head on the sitter’s elongated body, similar to a drawing I did based on Titian’s Venus of Urbino.