"International Nobody attempts to make pretty pictures for walls, ceilings and skateboards; often, without much luck but sometimes they turn out alright and people think about buying them."
East London based screen-printer and illustrator, International Nobody, creates vibrant and bold imagery in a style that the artist describes as 'low-brow', 'subversive' and 'infantile'. Having completed 4 years of art school, International Nobody's creative career began in the vinyl toy industry as a designer/maker after rejecting (and being rejected by) the fine art world.
Favouring the freedom of the 'urban canvas' rather than the confines of the traditional white-floor laminate floored gallery, International Nobody is for the underdog, outsider-ness and the belief that art should be for everybody, opting to poke fun at the class prejudice and pseudo-intellectualism the artist experienced while studying.
Comic book monsters, femme fatales and creatures that attract & repulse frequently appear in International Nobody's work, and of late comical re-definitions of racial stereotypes, visual & literal puns and a self-confessed obsession with genitalia have also presented themselves on bags, paper and t-shirts.
Influences include: everyday occurrences in the inner city, gothic fairytales, freaks, circus & carney show culture, racy art nouveau, lucha libre, punk rock, hippity hop, Halloween, retro film posters, comic book universes, J-horror, amateur pornography, and the kind of British-ness one would find in the Carry-On movies of the 60's and 70's.
Loserville Magazine, Jan '12