Oli Fowler is an artist who specializes in screen-printing and illustration. He grew up in Kimpton, Hertfordshire and moved to London in 1999 to study fashion and textiles at Central Saint Martins. More recently, he received a BA in Graphic Design from Camberwell College of Arts.
Oli’s artistic practice spans across various forms of graphic art and design, including printmaking, illustration, photography, and photomontage, and he frequently combines these different mediums in his creative process. He values experimentation from the earliest stages of work allowing for a chance and deliberate mistakes to give direction for the finished piece. His dynamic and sometimes abstract compositions are characterized by their use of collage scrapbook style cutouts, photographed textures, solid spot colors and pure CMYK 4 color process printing methods.
“10 years ago I decided to go back to University to get a degree, I’m now 39 so you could call me a late starter but it was the best thing I have ever done. Whilst there it allowed me to flourish as an artist and to also learn how to screenprint, something I’ve been fond off since I was a child.
Over the years I have tried and enjoyed many different styles of artwork. I don’t like to limit or pigeonhole myself to one way of doing something – I try something out, get good at it, enjoy it and then move on to the next idea.
Recently I’ve been working with copper, I’ve always wanted to incorporate metal into my screen printed work and after many practices, I’ve managed to get it right and be very proud of my achievements. experimenting with this style has come about from years of experimentation with other styles – If I hadn’t of been curious then I wouldn’t be able to have pushed myself.
I call it the game. I feel like each new piece of work is a new exploration, it includes new mistakes, things to work out, things to solve. That’s why I love being an artist, I’m always on my toes and kinda scared when new hurdles greet me around each corner but because of this I’m always creating and trying to better myself – stepping up my game and reaching for the next level.”