We caught up with Krek to find out about the cover that he has designed for our 2016 – 2018 sketchpad collection. He is one of the twenty artists who has worked with Outhouse and was selected to produce a design for our collection.
Tell us a bit about the idea behind your sketchbook cover?
Well the idea behind mine is one of two things, when I was a kid buying sketchpads I always remember the layered different opacity drawings on the old Daler Rowney art pads in a variant of styles and techniques, some good detailed – others simple sketches with a 90’s overall style – So I went a more ‘traditional’ route rather than doing a screen print design etc. And working with this ongoing theme / character / exhibition I’ve been working on for the past 3 years about a fictions character named ‘Frankie Purple.’
How did you get involved with Outhouse?
Through Tasha Whittle years ago when she was doing her thing in and round town I was doing mine and we overlapped, became friends and still are, she’s top.
How would you describe your work?
A mix of early New York inspired funk graffiti, psychedelia, Art Nouveau and rock and roll.
What inspires you?
Living Experience, Family, Friends, Music, Women, Gambling and Alcohol.
Who is your favourite artist or maker?
Overall if I had to pick one it would be Pablo Picasso. His diversity and spectrum of styles if something I admire.
What materials do you use?
Everything and everything going.
What is your favourite piece of work that you have made?
None. Tags are my favourite and I feel my strongest attribute.
What exhibition or art event have you been to recently that you think is worth shouting about and why?
We Are Willow – Berlin Project – Whitworth art gallery.
Do you have any advice for artists starting out?
Yes. Enjoy what you do – put your personality into it. Take real photographs of your work not using a phone.
What tip would you give to people about one of our products?
Buy them as Fred Aldous is dead good for real.
Where can people see your work? Do you have a website?