It's been a little quiet on the site updates recently, but with good reason. Dan-Mumford.com is undergoing a bit of a makeover, so all focus is on that at the moment. The new site will hopefully be up within the month, but in the meantime for all news and updates keep an eye on my facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I also have a new print available through the new Skull & Heart Kickstarter! 'Refuge' was created especially for their new Book Project. For £35 you get my exclusive print 'Refuge'. which will not be available anywhere else, the Skull & Heart Colour Series Book, featuring artist interviews, artwork and a look back on the exhibition from April this year. And you also get a postcard and sticker pack! You get a lot for your pledge in other words!
Finally i also have a little video of me and Ross from Dark city Gallery on TV! My first appearence on TV ever...!
I was extremely honoured to be asked to contribute to PangeaSeed's HOME: A Fine Art print Suite for Threatened Ocean Habitats. My print 'Rhizophora', is the release for July, helping to raise awareness for the beautiful habitat that is the Mangroves. These prints will only be available through the PangeaSeed store and will never be released through my store! The print comes in a regular Moonrise edition and a variant Sunrise edition. Details below!
Moonrise Edition, 5 Colour Screen-print on 100lb Cougar Cover, edition of 50, $50 USD.
Sunrise Edition, 5 Colour Screen-print on 100ib Cougar Cover, edition of 20, $70 USD.
Dimensions: 18" x 24" inches.
Prints are available to purchase from the PangeaSeed store right now, please check them out and help support this great cause!
Its been a little quiet on the website front recently, mainly because i have been working away on many projects. Potentially looking at a whole website refresh in the next few months too, so plenty of exciting projects on the way to coincide with that! it will all become clear in time...
In the meantime though, i have two new prints up in the store now. Firstly I had the great pleasure of working on a piece for Biffy Clyro. I was asked to create a print for their headline show at T in the Park on the 11th July this year. The print is 14" x 30", 5 colours on 300gsm paper and comes from an edition of 160. I only have a small amount available of my artists copies, the main run sold out last week.
Alongside this I am also releasing my artists copies of the Re-Animator print that was produced in conjunction with Fright Fest. This comes in a regular green version and metallic and glow in the dark version. Both prints are 18" x 24", 4 colour prints on 300gsm paper. The regular edition is 40 and the metallic edition is 25, however i have a very limited amount from this run.
Both prints are on sale now, check the pictures below for some nice detail shots and you can find the prints right here in the store.
This weekend i will be at the Leeds Tattoo Expo exhibiting along with some of my fellow artists, Drew Millward, Tom J Newell, Richey Beckett, Craig Robson and more! I will have some new prints, some old prints, some rare prints and lots of smaller bits and bargains. Come down, say hey and get some prints and tattoos!
All four prints are A3, high quality digital prints on 300 gsm recycled card, each stamped, signed and numbered, the edition of all prints is 50.
You can pick up all prints now in the store and see more pictures below!
I have a small amount of my official John Carpenter's 'Christine' prints available now in the store. These are all signed stamped and numbered, 18x24" four colour prints. Created for Fright Fest Originals. You can find them in the store right now.
The edition of this new print is 60, and as always all prints are signed, stamped and numbered and available exclusively through Dan-Mumford.com.
Prints are £45 and available from the store now!
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for Virus magazine, below is the interview in English translated from its native German! You can pick up a copy here.
At what point in your life did you feel an inclination to create dark art, and was there a particular inspiration for that?
Its pretty much just been something i've always been interested in. Growing up I loved horror and scifi films, video games and comics, I also played in metal bands and was part of a really active music scene at home. It was just a natural thing to create artwork for as it fitted with everything i was interested in. As much as it might disappoint people though I actually just try to create beautiful artwork, thats more important to me, and in my personal work these days the dark aspect is definitely toned down, and at the very least its more alluded to than actually graphically illustrated.
When you began to create darker art, how was it received by your family and friends? Were your gifts encouraged?
When I started to illustrate properly and had taken it up as an education choice and went to university, my family life became quite distant apart from my dad and sister, and they have only ever been supportive of me creating artwork. This was nothing to do with the artwork, just the status quo in my life at that time. I'm sure to an extent that fed into my work. Im not sure my greater family quite understands what i do other than create art, but everyone has always been very supportive.
What do you feel distinguishes your style from others?
I would like to think its the way I create art and compose an image. I also think my use of colour is quite distinct, i generally use quite vibrant colours where others might tone it down.
How long does an average project take, and do you prefer to work digitally or manually?
I work almost entirely digitally these days, its easier and allows a lot more freedom. I love to create art with pen and ink, but the reality of it is that digital illustration technology allows me to do the same thing on a screen in a smoother way, and i don't think it impacts my style at all, the transition from pen and paper to computer and tablet for me was pretty seamless. As far as how long it takes, that can vary wildly. From a couple of days to a whole month.
Do you listen to music while you're working? Do you have any favorite songs?
I actually tend to listen to podcasts or watch reruns of tv shows like seinfeld in the background. Its a bit weird, but i really like to have something that you can just dip into and not focus on, comedy works well for that. It also takes my focus away from the image and allows me to get into a weird sort of trance like state with the work. I cant really explain it, but it works for me and before you know it, hours have passed. Music works too, but not as much these days, it washes over me.
Are there any artists out there who inspire you? Do you have a favorite?
Of course, there are many amazing artists out there, too many to name, everyone working in the same world as me is amazing in their own way. Its a weird niche that only a few people understand, and its always nice to talk to fellow artists about it. If I were to name one artist though, James Jean has always been fascinating to me, incredibly beautiful work. He creates work that I cant deconstruct. Most pieces of artwork I can look at and understand at least to an extent how they were created, but James Jean has such an incredible way of working that you just cant replicate.
Which piece do you feel was the one that earned you the most recognition?
It would have to be the Gallows artwork for 'In The Belly of A Shark'. For some reason that piece just clicked with the masses. Im always asked about it and i'm extremely proud of it. It captured a time and a place for myself and the band.
Of your whole gallery, which piece is your favorite?
I dont have a favourite. I cant really answer that question easily. I struggle hugely with enjoying my artwork after its been produced, i can only ever see flaws where others wouldn't even think about it. Its really annoying actually, and I'm slowly starting to overcome that. Im proud of all the work i have released as prints in the last year, i think thats the best answer i can give! Each one has been a stepping stone for me, learning and trying new techniques and spending as much time as each piece needed on it without rushing anything. As a whole collection they are some of my favourite pieces.
Disqualifying commissions, are there any factors that influence how you choose your next art piece?
Not really, i have a huge list of ideas and things i want to create. It generally comes down to what idea is feeling good for me at the moment when i have some free time, i try to move between a few personal pieces all at once so that when one gets a bit stale i can take a break and move onto something else for a week or so.
Interview by Moaner T Lawrence.
Very excited to announce my new print for release today. I was approached a few months back by Matt Harlock, one of the directors of 'American-The Bill Hicks story' to produce a print for the 20th Anniversary of Hicks' passing. I had the wonderfully iconic photo by Graham Haber to work from as reference, and it was a pleasure to put a new spin on it.
'Legend' is a 2 colour print, A2 in size, 16.5" x 23.5", with metallic silver ink, only 30 available from an edition of 130 (100-130).
All signed, stamped and numbered. Available in the store now.
I have a new print for Fright Fest Originals on sale now for the classic 1983 movie, Christine. It comes in two colour ways, and is limited to 40 for the regular edition and 25 for the variant Green version. Both versions are 18"x24" and 4 colour on 300gsm paper.