Graphic designer Jeremy Piningre studied at the Art Décoratifs de Strasbourg and attributes his inspirations to one of the city’s most famous artistic icons. “My aesthetic has slipped between a Hans Arp sculpture and an instruction leaflet,” he explains. “I recall basic comic codes as postmodern shapes.”
Combining surreal and cartoonish imagery with layers of type, Jeremy’s work is busy but carefully brought together using the design devices of a comic strip. “I’m obsessed with composition and structures. When I was in school I began studying graphic design instead of illustration because it was all about structuring images.”
We first spotted his work in poster format, as one of the sterling collection of graphics produced for Graphic Design Festival Paris. His portfolio spans illustrations for magazines such as L’Incroyable and Médor, comics with publishers L’Association, and zines, including one he produced with Théo Mercier for his exhibition at MAC Marseille, illustrating his sculptures. Recently he’s published a monthly comic for contemporary art website We Find Wildness, and another for Animal Press called Radikal Feelings.
He’s also produced album covers for Juliette Armanet and Sexy Sushi, and uses music as a key part of his creative process. “When I’m designing I sit on a chair listening to a lot of music. It could be hard style techno like Drame Nature or romantic French music like Mrostga. Then drawing structures grow in my head, and when everything is clear and solid I put it on paper.”