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#08 THE ARTIST MIKE PERRY

MIKE PERRY

What’s the driving force of artist Mike Perry’s work? ‘Colour,’ he says, flatly. ‘And life and energy and excitement. I love what I do, I love the act of making art and sharing it. It’s a joyous experience.’ So no Pollock-style torture for this upbeat habitué of Brooklyn. Perry’s art is, in turns, humorous, poignant, abstract, simple and complex. He art directs and designs books; he draws, paints, illustrates and animates; he creates sculptures and installations ‘that make your eyes dance… and your mind and mojo, too’. His appetite for collaboration and creation is boundless. ‘I get lost in pattern and I want people who look at my art to get lost with me.’

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Perry lived in Minneapolis and Philadelphia before ending up in New York. After leaving school he went to college to study painting ‘but I wasn’t super into it, so I studied graphic design instead’. A job as an art director for Urban Outfitters followed, ‘then, eight years ago, I met a girl and moved to New York.

‘I considered myself a painter from the age of 14. I am always working on something – a drawing, a collage or a mobile. And these things make their way into my projects. Not always directly, but in spirit.’ Perry is, in his own words, ‘seduced, juiced and intoxicated by the way the hand-drawn informs and transforms contemporary visual culture and the experience of life itself’.

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Jeremy Liebman

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#08 PORTFOLIO GALLERY

ART OF THE MATTER

‘I love what I do. It’s a joyous experience.’

MIKE PERRY

TUDOR RETRO CHIC

Perry is inspired by ‘colour and life and energy’. He gets lost in time and pattern when he is working.

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#08 INSPIRATION GALLERY

07:00

Early riser

‘I’m an early riser. I get up and have a shower, then walk to my studio. I get a coffee, turn on the radio and power through all my e-mails and paperwork as quickly as possible so I can have the rest of the day to make awesome stuff. It doesn’t always work and there are some duds, but I keep going.’

11:00

Work

‘When I’m working on an illustration I try to gather as much information and material as I can, trying not to suppress any idea or inspiration. Part of the goal is to familiarise myself with the subject, but also to foster new ideas and approaches.’

13:00

Lunch

‘In Brooklyn there is chaos on the streets, peace in the parks, beautiful cafés and restaurants (Flatbush Farm is a favourite), all within walking distance, which is incredible. I am always stoked to be in NYC.’

14:15

Journeys

‘I integrate moods and sentiments into an aesthetic world that is sometimes evocative of a gouached Big Bang, sometimes collaged portraits of daydream reveries. The forms I create may appear to be childlike, but these journeys into existentialism are not. I seek to remind us to delight when witnessing this ecstatic cosmos. I head home around 7pm.’

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#08 TUDOR INNOVATION

TUDOR CRAFT

‘I’m excited by Tudor’s ‘Glamour Double Date’ watch,’ says Mike Perry. ‘It has a solid girth and a feeling of craftsmanship.’ A clean and innovative design with retro-chic appeal, the timepiece features a shining-armour of a case and a double bezel in polished steel that exquisitely frames a dial with delicate, open-work feuille hands and a domed sapphire crystal. ‘It’s a glorious piece of design,’ says Perry.

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#09 THE MIXOLOGIST MATT WHILEY

#10 THE FLORAL ARTIST AZUMA MAKOTO

#01 THE TAILOR PATRICK GRANT

#02 THE ENGINEER CHARLES MORGAN

#03 THE DESIGNER NITZAN COHEN

#04 THE CHEF CHRISTOPHE DUFAU

#05 THE GLASS ARTIST J. M. WINTREBERT

#06 THE PERFUMER BEN GORHAM

#07 THE JEWELLER JORDAN ASKILL