For a little while I was convinced that Essy May was the female alter-ego of London-based illustrator Stevie Gee; the sci-fi, shamanistic ying to his motorcycling, surfer-dude yang. Two parts of the same brain. In fact Essy is Stevie’s other half in a more traditional, long-term relationship sense and not the product of some creative split personality – although I think my confused take on it all was much more exciting.
Essy’s work is pretty freakin’ awesome in its own right; a psychedelic blend of menacing b-movie vixens, extra-terrestrial intervention and an unnerving dose of the occult, tied together with soft, gradient colour-palettes that are evocative of early full-colour moves and that mind-blowing art you get on fairground rides. Right up our street!
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- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
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- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
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- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale