Ian Swift or ‘Swifty’, as he is more commonly known, is a lone wolf
within the global graphic design community. For over two decades he
has cast a distinctive shadow over the visual landscape and became a
legendary graphic artist before the term even existed. While his
carefully crafted title sequences periodically materialize on our TV
screens his natural habitat has been the cultural underground. In the
early 90’s, Swift was based in Hoxton and at the epicentre of the
blossoming ‘Acid Jazz’ scene. He cut his teeth designing logos, club
flyers and record sleeves for the likes of Gilles Peterson and James
Lavelle.  Swift’s Mo Wax logo and original artwork were at the root
of the label’s aesthetic and are celebrated in the forthcoming 21
Years Of Mo Wax – Urban Archaeology book and exhibition at
Meltdown.  In the mid 90’s Swift coined the phrase ‘Street Art’ to
describe his revolutionary campaign for Fosters Ice, catching the
attention of graffiti writers worldwide and inspiring Banksy and the
Bristol crew to take up the mantel. In recent times Swift has opted
to explore a more personal dimension with his works and subsequently
divides his time between creating and exhibiting his own artworks and
his commercial graphics practice. Silk screen print remains a
constant medium for him. He adopts a lo-fi in house technique to
expose and make his screens. Each print is hand pulled and
deliberately given that personal touch in true Warhol tradition! Also
in this show are Swifty’s new ‘Sound Installations’ which are
inspired by Jamaican sound system culture and take it all back to his
musical influences. In 2014, Swifty continues to blaze his own unique
trail, mixing and mashing up techniques, mediums and genres in what
he feistily tags as, “True plagiarist style!”

david apps – Based in the unfashionable part of East London, the artwork of david apps  is taken from his digital photography. david will only use an image he has taken, and re-works them in his dark, angelic, evocative, kitsch and very British works of art.


Lynne Blackburn -Lynne’s work explores the memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings – the human traces left behind in buildings, and on everyday objects, from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones. She is interested in how the fabric of a building, and the objects within it, show and mark the passing of time and how, by recording traces of personal memory, a sense of a broader social and historical memory is evoked.

Ian Bailey – Student of the late Seventies, Ian’s art often appears on contemporary materials as something functional such as wallpaper, lampshades, bags and tees using up to date methods and repeat pattern. designs are inspired by Pugin, Strummer, Reid, Ickey and Orwell

~ by smokehousegallery on February 17, 2014.

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