French illustrator Idir Davaine takes elements we all recognise – plants, parks, basketball courts – and mixes them with a digital twist. The result is a collection of pieces that are digitally ethereal, perceptible landscapes and objects that look almost like snapshots of another world.
Growing up in the Paris suburbs, Idir originally played soccer for a few years before developing his artistic talents at arts universities in both Strasbourg and Paris. Since then the artist concentrates upon painting and drawing for exhibitions alongside publishing. With Clément Vuillier and Sébastien Desplat, he co-founded collective 3FPJ, who organises exhibitions and publish books in collaboration with young illustrators and painters.
Despite the digital tendencies of Idir’s work, his pieces translate onto the printed page just as brilliantly. The numerous layers to the illustrator’s work elevate on paper, appearing slightly saturated or distorted exemplifying their other-worldly quality.
About the Author
Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.