10 March 2014
There's hope for us all apparently. Despite plenty of adverse documentary coverage and perhaps the occasional personal experience, age-associated memory loss doesn't have to be considered a cruel inevitability. The recent issue of Howard Magazine tells us that the short-term part of your brain can actually be encouraged to grow. A wonderful concept - and who better for wonderful concept that Gary Neill.
7 March 2014
To celebrate their first, huge show at the amazing Alexandra Palace, Telegramme were asked to create this very limited edition print for Bastille. It was created for the band and management themselves and not available at the show, in fact, Telegramme have only produced 8 APs so if you want to get your sticky mitts on one, click here...
6 March 2014
Every day's a school day and today's no exception. An idler, apparently. We're going to use it all the time now.
But never mind that, the infinitely more important subject of this post is Neal Fox! His friend, the writer, film-maker and broadcaster Michael Smith has recently released Unreal City, published by Faber & Faber. Neal created the artwork for this new paperback which was also released as a special edition package including an accompanying soundtrack composed by producer and DJ Andrew Weatherall.
Here's what the books about, strikes a chord…
With a property portfolio consisting of a beach hut in Essex, and a career as evanescent as it is unprofitable, the narrator of Unreal City is a flaneur fallen on hard times, a creative bewildered by the slick speed of the digital age, watching as the sculptors and painters and bon viveurs begin to slip away and the advertising hipsters take over old stomping grounds.
From the nights in old Soho, where an anonymous green door was the gateway to a decadently dingy paradise, to the days amid the shabby post-industrial elegance of Hackney's canalside warehouses, this is a nostalgic love song to the drifters, the artists, the glamorous misfits, the degenerate waifs and the barmaid-enchantresses of the capital's backstreets and shadowy corners.
3 March 2014
Not really, he's one of our favourites! But that was the subject of this recent commission to promote the forthcoming Brighton Festival. This year's guest director is the radical contemporary choreographer Hofesh Shechter who uses sheep imagery in his latest piece, Sun. What seemed like a reasonably straight forward brief from Johnson Banks became rather more challenging when Chris was asked to create the fleece out of dancers…
But rise to the challenge he did as demonstrated below and you can see more of his great painting work here.
26 February 2014
We had a fun morning today showing the great and good of central London creative agency Exposure what we're made of. Folios full of work by all our artists, big screen live animation from 12foot6, a screen print masterclass from Bobby at Telegramme, giveaways and more yum yums than they were able to handle.
If you would like CIA to come to your agency for an hour of illustration, animation and serious quantities of sugar, get in touch!
Thank you for inviting us over Exposure, see you soon.
21 February 2014
No, not the new 7:30pm slot on BBC2, but a beautifully therapeutic bit of illustration from Paul Wearing to accompany this article on Scandinavian body bending from our friends at the Wall Street Journal. Paul's work has certain commonalities with yoga. It takes a great deal of thought and skill to create something that appears so effortlessly elegant, see more of his work right here.
20 February 2014
It's really quite easy to see the commercial work that CIA's stable of artists produce. Our folios are right here on the site. But it's also rather interesting to see what they do after they've turned off their emails, plugged their phones in to charge, put some music on and cracked a bottle of wine.
There's more to Darren Hopes than illustration. His absorption of all things cultural informs his own poetry and writing, which in turn feeds back into his personal image making. This piece, "Tending", is an evolution of a sketchbook idea that he's played with several times over a period of years and was originally inspired by The Flower Sermon in Buddhism. Darren was taken by the notion that somewhere in the organic patterns of a plant enlightenment could be found but this study also provided an opportunity to experiment with further introductions of ink and brush into his existing mixed media practice.
17 February 2014
Our Texan comic artist Kristian Donaldson has been the subject of Central Track this weekend with Kyle LaMere having a nose around his Dallas studio. Always nice to put a face to a name and now you can go one step further and put a place to a name! Have a look at the article right here...
12 February 2014
In celebration of the fast approaching new series of House of Cards, Matt Taylor was commissioned by the Washington Post to create this rather threatening illustration of the series' antiheroic spurned politician Frank Underwood.
See more of Matt's arresting illustrations right here...
10 February 2014
We, at CIA Towers, are always careful to come to work on a hearty breakfast. We also keep a well-stocked biscuit tin for those mid-morning cravings - an army marches on it's stomach after all. But despite all this, our tummies are collectively rumbling thanks to Nishant Choksi sending us this snap of his work gracing the outside of a forthcoming Byron hamburger joint. Mmmmmmmmm…
Charlie Smith Design commissioned Nishant to create these mouthwatering teasers which we think should be nom-nom-nominated for an award!
Sorry about that…