Joe Fenton is a British artist from Brooklyn, NY. Mainly known as an illustrator, sculpture seems to have been Joe’s first choice as he studied it at Wimbledon School of Art. As most artists do, Joe Fenton tried various hats before he found the one which brought the best out of him. Going from sculpting to concept design in the film industry to illustrations for children’s books, he eventually managed to create this unique, intriguing style which now defines his art.
Detail is the key word in his work. Joe’s drawings are vast realms in which you can get lost for quite some time before you manage to absorb and interpret all the information he carefully blended in these highly detailed surrealistic images.
What you will see in the bellow video is the creative process of ” The Lullaby”, one of the masterpieces in his collection. I am sure people who have practical knowledge in drawing must appreciate the incredible amount of work he puts in this and the talent required to do it. Those of you who don’t know what it takes to come to these kind of results will hopefully have an idea after viewing this.
The picture bellow captures Joe while working on his biggest art piece so far which he called “Solitude”. This is 1.5 meters high and 2.5 meters across (5feet by 8feet) and took him 10 months of daily work to finish. The courage to embark on such a journey alone is admirable, not to mention the ambition and devotion it took to see it through.
The works you see here are all done with graphite pencils and finished in acrylic and paint. From what he revealed, Joe creates an art work by drawing individual pieces than blending them all together in a previously thought concept, which suffers many changes along the creative process. So overall it is clear that what he does is extraordinary, to use just one word.
Now… as detailed as his artwork is, Joe doesn’t go into much detail when it comes to sharing the story or the message behind it. Nevertheless, he does mention a strong influence from the books he read as a child, the art he found in them. The British artist also talks about the religion related images in his works, like Ganesh, Buddha, Crucifixes or The seven sins, and explains them as a part of his quest for a spiritual solution to give meaning to his life.
Here are some more previews of Joe Fenton’s “Solitude”.
To find more about Joe Fenton’s work you can visit his official website at joefentonart or look him up on facebook. He has a very smart markering plan for his works, you can find printed T-shirts and Prints on his online shop, but my personal favorite is this gelaskin for I-phone which I have to say beats anything else I’ve seen so far.
Keep doing what you do Joe, I’m sure everybody waits for your next project.