Artists Interviews

Dan Mumford

Dan Mumford

I started out with a healthy interest in comics, scifi and fantasy when I was younger, so growing up the more creative aspects of learning always interested me. That ended up with me going to Brighton university to do an Illustration degree where I explored many different techniques, including film, animation, painting, screenprinting, digital media and pretty much any form of mark marking. It was a supremely fun experience, and I didn’t really create work that looked anything like my work now. I never really know how to describe what i do, i think it just falls under the umbrella term of…

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Matt Vickerstaff

Matt Vickerstaff

I hated school, I hated pretty much every moment of it really. The only times i was really happy learning anything at school was in art. I was lucky I had really supportive parents when it came to art, they invested time and cash in me getting a portfolio together so I could get into art college, I spent quite a few years training in both Graphic Design and Textile Art. During those years I worked on many projects centred around music. Actually, one of my tutors told me I really should give up on this idea of becoming a designer/artist for bands as it would never lead to a real job and I…

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Adam Burke

Adam Burke

I don’t really have much art training. I grew up in and near the woods in Oregon, and always loved studying and being in nature, so that informs my work.  My family didn’t watch much TV, and I would draw to pass time. I stopped making art as a young adult while I started my family and pursued a career.  A lot of that fell apart, and I came back to art as a way of having some control of my life, and to deal with hard shit. I started my old band, Fellwoods with my longtime music-collaborator, Ben Spencer, and decided to do some “fantasy” style paintings for our album covers. I had to learn how…

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Costin Chioreanu

Costin Chioreanu

The artistic world of Romanian visionary, Costin Chioreanu, is inhabited by dreams, surreal imagery, magic, mysticism, philosophical introspection and much more. This is clearly manifested in his many illustrations, album covers, and animated videos – usually commissioned by some of today’s most distinguished metal bands. His distinctive style, rich in psychedelic shapes, vibrant colours and profound symbolism, is unequivocally poetic, proposing a unique balance between light and dark, the traditional and the modern, between reality and what may lie beyond. No doubt, this is a man who owns a…

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Ron English

Ron English

I have a master’s degree in Fine Art and art history. I was always a fan of heavy metal bands. At some point in my history a lot of the bands became fans of my art so I got to do their album covers. My technique involves oil on canvas, rather traditional glazing techniques… the subject tends to be less traditional. I build dioramas as studies, do photographs of the dioramas and use the photos as studies for the oil painting.

I have a very visceral and seductive style. Although the subject matter is often philosophical or intellectual, I want the experience of the piece to be more emotional.…

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Maxime Taccardi

Maxime Taccardi

To write a short bio, I studied art in college, my master thesis was about the monstrosity, and more especially about what is considered abnormal by common society. I'm currently an art teacher in middle school near Paris but my main goal is to keep going on art. My will and ambition is to create some sort of a Gesamtkunstwerk to quote Wagner, a total art with Synesthesia. My art consists of paintings, drawings but also short films, videos and music.

Maxime Taccardi: To me, blood is sacred, It is a way to give some of myself in my works. My visions come from my dreams for most of the time,…

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David Potvin

David Potvin

Thereafter, I’ve drawn to create and express my own reality, my personal vision of beings and things. And to confront the realities of everybody, to create a meeting, an echo... I’ve studied in an art school for 7 years learning drawing, painting, fine arts; then I entered a precision engineering school, which allowed me to understand the volume and material: metal. Later, I made an advertising design school, graphic design and computer graphics, and photography. Meanwhile, I learned sculpture by myself.

I mix up my practical, technical and theoretical. Each new project is a pretext to…

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Steve Myles

Steve Myles

Steve Myles is an illustrator from Leeds UK, he co-runs the independent clothing label/art collective Pyre Climber with his girlfriend Natassia Wild and spends most of his time doing artwork for bands/playing drums.

Steve Myles: I suppose it all comes from whatever drew you towards doing artwork in the first place. I've had a fascination with grim art since being a nipper, my favourite films/characters/comics/books always had an underlying dark theme. Guess heavy music lends itself to this too, perhaps a lot of people who find catharsis in heavier types of music find the same sort of…

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