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Craig & Karl: Bayerische Staatsoper (Design by Mirko Borsche)

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Great new work from Craig & Karl shows off the duo’s magnificent talents and versatility

This year’s US presidential elections may have lacked the iconic Shepard Fairey-type visual that summed it up in a single image, but Craig and Karl’s Obama portrait for the cover of New York magazine was among the cream of this year’s crop. We were reminded of the pair’s brilliance via the news that they have teamed up with Agent Pekka, joining the likes of Rami Niemi, Santtu Mustonen and Jack Hughes on the Finnish agency’s impressive roster. So what better time to delve into their new work, which also includes some amazing poster illsutartions for the Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) and wonderfully dry 1960s scenes that throb with a barely concealed sexual tension. Their use of colour remains peerless and their aesthetic vernacular is consistent without getting repetitive – and for our money their Obama is as strong as they come.

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Craig & Karl: Obama Portrait for New York magazine

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Craig & Karl: Bayerische Staatsoper (Design by Mirko Borsche)

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Craig & Karl: Bayerische Staatsoper (Design by Mirko Borsche)

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Craig & Karl: Bayerische Staatsoper (Design by Mirko Borsche)

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Craig & Karl: Bayerische Staatsoper (Design by Mirko Borsche)

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Craig & Karl: Bayerische Staatsoper (Design by Mirko Borsche)

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