To say the devil’s in the details to an illustrator like Ken Taylor is an understatement. We’re proud to announce that Taylor is the very final artist in a line-up unrivalled by any previously released Australian T-shirt series.
Who is Ken Taylor, to those who don’t know you? I’m a designer and illustrator based in Melbourne. I’m well-known for creating screen-printed rock posters, but lately I’ve been doing a bunch of movie related art, as well as painting.
What do you think of the Australian illustration scene compared to the rest of the world? Whilst our ‘scene’ is so much smaller than say the UK or the US, the internet has brought everyone much closer together, and I think the further time rolls on the less important it is where you are based. Most of my favourite artists are still home grown.
How would you describe your style? My style is largely based around intricate linework often backlit with detailed, subtly coloured tonal work. I mostly work with screenprints, so my artwork is usually limited to no more than six colours. I try to always have a little bit of a story with every piece because I think concept is just as important as the execution.
What do you know about the UK in general? My family is all from the UK – I spent two years there growing up, but haven’t been back since I was a teenager. I remember my mind being blown in a big way – so much amazing history in the one place.
Have you ever been to the UK and tell us about a memorable experience you had? I just walked around with my jaw dropped to the floor. I had just started to really learn a lot more about art history and architecture when I was last there. Having parents from both Scotland and England meant we went all over the place and it was a massive culture shock for me.