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Jason Keeley

10th July 2014

Jason Keeley has designed, directed idents, branding sequences and titles for some of the UK's largest channels including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC Entertainment, BBC News, Discovery, Disney, BT, FIFA, The History Channel and UKTV.

Not content here, Jason has extended his creative side and recently published a series of silkscreen original prints. They reflect his work on projects such as the BBC News identity design, but have a more personal angle.

We talked to Jason about this new direction and what the future holds for this talented designer and artist.

Why did you decide to pursue fine art?

Having worked in the branding and design industry for so many years, I really wanted to have a personal project that was not dictated by a client brief, something that I could create and enjoy making myself, for myself.Screen-printing is a medium that I enjoyed most at Art School. I particularly love the finish.

How would you describe your art?

Bold, contemporary and dynamic figure studies.

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Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration is from dance and music.

Which artist do you most admire and why?

My main visual influences are the op artists, particularly Bridget Riley. I have always been interested in the graphic power of her work. I am also intrigued by the elements of visual illusion, particularly when 3D surfaces are explained only by high contrast shapes without tone and form.

When creating your paintings do YOU envisage a setting for them to hang?

Not really, I think they look pleasing in any location. Although I do favour slightly knocked back colours rather than full intensities.

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Do you have a favourite / or meaningful piece?

I am afraid I don’t really have a favourite, which is a good thing. There is something about each individual piece that I like. The colour maybe favoured in one piece, or a particular pose,or the interaction of figures in another.

What does the future hold for Jason Keeley the artist?

I would like to continue to publish more prints, but I would also like to explore a medium that allows me to work on a larger scale. Not quite sure what that is yet, but I do feel that the bigger my work goes, the more impact it could have.

 

View more of Jason works in our recent summer issue out now. Read for free, login here.

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