And the reason for this interest seems to become quite obvious as soon as you see his work for the first time. Anything but dull, Judson’s intricate visual designs are, in fact, quite a feast for the eyes: clearly drawing inspiration from the vibrant influence of Ettore Sottsass and The Memphis Group, and wrapped up in a mix of bold primary colours and pastel shades, they make it difficult for anyone to remain indifferent for long.
A few thousand emails.
It’s been great! I think the biggest help is it’s finally become a full time job.
Many designers make you think “Ooh that’s really nice”, but Memphis makes you smile and sometimes laugh. You wouldn’t be able to cry sitting in a Memphis chair... Unless you were crying because of the severe back pain it was causing you.
I only ever used to draw characters, so I thought I’d ban myself as a challenge. I’ve now gone nine months without drawing anything with a face.
I have a series of screen-prints I’ve been working on for a while that I’m planning to exhibit under a pseudonym. So, just look out for a gallery exhibiting work that looks nothing like mine by a different artist.
I heard a story that Francis Bacon had to put his paintings behind glass to stop himself going back and touching them up. I quite like looking back at images I’ve made and thinking why the hell did you do that!
If things actually died every time it was predicted, we wouldn’t have painting, illustration, graphic design, print, photography, radio... and the list goes on! I think like all visual cultures, it just fell out of fashion, and like all visual cultures, it inevitably gets reinvented and comes back into fashion.
There’s innumerable blogs that are a lot better at this kind of thing. But I’m really into what Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk is doing; the work he makes looks so effortless.
If it hasn’t died, then hopefully, more printmaking.