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Steve Rawlings

An exploration in ephemera

Steve has been an Artist and Illustrator for over 20 years, working with a large number of high profile clients across the globe. Most notably these include household names such as Red Bull F1, Virgin ,  Aston Martin , EMI , Honda , Nissan , The Guardian, The Financial Times, Volkswagen , Royal Opera House , English National Opera , and Lucasfilms.

Steve graduated with a first class Degree in Communication & Graphic Media from the Kent Institute of Art and Design, before moving to Hackney, East London in the early 90’s.

Working across many areas of the publishing,

Editorial and advertising worlds, Steve’s early commissions were deeply rooted in the mixed media, cut and paste tradition of collage.

Integrating original analogue film photography and expressive painted textures with a diverse and extensive collection of found printed ephemera, his intuitive approach to the layering and weaving of disparate elements, result in unique and distinctive perspectives.

Blending and fusing together digital and analogue techniques with hand rendered elements his exploration of pop culture and it’s language inspires him to produce collaged and graphic expressions of vibrant beauty.

Layer upon layer of printed ephemera and graphics are constructed and built up to create their own unique and distinct visual narrative.

Heavily inspired by the world of music and film and also by the likes of artistic luminaries as varied as Robert Rauschenberg, Vaughan Oliver and Peter Blake, he explores constantly evolving and experimental processes .

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"His design education constantly informs the compositional decision making, honing and balancing the smallest of details but also allowing and celebrating the organic element of chance. "

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