Making waves in our online gallery is graphic artist Victoria Topping. Victoria is a British artist who works in mixed media and digital processing to create layered imagery that is attention grabbing and rich in colour and design. Like many great graphic art works, Victoria’s is inspired by music, from 70’s Jazz and Soul to Gospel and Blues.
Aerial photographer Tommy Clarke is another graphic artist at Rise Art who is growing fast internationally. His style involves taking aerial photographs of landscapes. What is fascinating about his style is that it brings into view the world at an angle we’re not familiar with. Through minimal processing, Tommy achieves this in a way that makes it seem like the elements of his images have been put there by a designer. Tommy grew up on the south coast of England, and spent a lot of time with the sea. Reflected in his work his fascination with the interaction between ocean and land.
Graphic art is an umbrella term for a variety of visual arts, particularly imagery A category of fine art, it includes all forms of image making such as illustration, painting, engraving, typography, printmaking, photography and graphic design, and can be thought of as being shaped largely by technological inventions.
Whilst there are many ways to create graphic art, today it is most common as a digital medium. Hieroglyphics were one of the first types of technologically-driven graphic art, followed much later by the printing and then by the computer, which has brought about the most widespread distribution of graphic art technology.
Perhaps one the best known graphic artists today is graphic designer and art director Peter Saville, who has designed some of the most iconic album covers in the world, such as Joy Division’s album Unknown Pleasures. It features a white on black pattern, borrowed from a chart depicting activity found by a radio pulsar. The power and regularity of the signals were briefly thought to resemble an extraterrestrial beacon. Recreated on t-shirts, TV and tattoo, the design has amassed a cult-like following.
Paula Scher is another graphic artist who made a name for herself creating album covers. Her body of graphic art made a lasting impression that helped shape graphic design in many ways. She worked for two major record labels in America and designed as many as 150 album covers per year. Later in her career she created posters for the New York City’s Public Theatre. Scher developed a typographic style based on the Art Deco movement and Russian Constructivism. She turned the use of text on its head turned text on its head by treating it as the medium for visual images.