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Olly Howe’s art combines the idealised beauty of the modern world with that of a more surreal & fantastical existence. Often centred around the female form, Olly combines existing elements from the past with modern photography /editing techniques as well as hand drawn & painted motifs to create engaging art that challenges perception.
“Each piece is its own entity, there’s always an initial spark of inspiration that will kick off a new one but I usually don’t know how it will end up looking when I start - that’s the exciting part for me. Experimenting with different elements & compositions until something ‘clicks’ - that process can take a few hours or a few weeks, it’s not unusual for me to have 5 different versions of something going at the same time, eventually amalgamating them into a final piece”.
“The fundamentals of the way I work have never really changed, I take various different photographic elements as well as marks and textures that I create by hand and then edit & bring them all together digitally. Once a piece of art is complete I move onto the ‘making’ process, which depending on whether it’s an original or print will consist of various techniques including; digital print, screen print, stencilling & hand finishing”.
Having spent almost 10 years living in East London working with some of the top illustration agencies in the UK, Olly’s shift towards being a full time artist coincided with a move to Newquay in the West Country where he where he lives and works today.