Graphic designer and artist Anthony Burrill is opening a new solo show in London’s Jealous East gallery that ups the scale of his well-known typographic work for extra impact. Working closely with the gallery and screenprint studio, Anthony has created two special editions of works including I Like It. What Is It? and Work Hard & Be Nice To People on a much larger scale.
“I enjoy the restrictions of working in letterpress, it makes the design process focused and gives the finished work a particular look and feel,” Anthony explains to It’s Nice That. “I usually work within a 20 × 30-inch size, double crown as it’s traditionally known, but I was keen to see my work at a larger size. The increase in size restates the message of my work not only in scale but also in intent. I’ve previously used a vintage steam roller to produce very large prints, but that isn’t exactly practical for regular editions.
“The two phrases I’ve picked for the large format editions are my personal mission statements; I think we should all be more inquisitive and nicer to each other. My ambition for these pieces is that they will speak to as many people as possible, they are intended as positive propaganda to promote a happier way of living.”
The prints will launch with the exhibition at Jealous East in Shoreditch, alongside new letterpress editions. It opens tomorrow 22 February until 4 March.