Xmas #WishList Interview: Featuring Matthew Dunn

Today on day seven of the 12 Days of Christmas #WishList; We bring you an interview and showcase of the works of Matt Dunn. We recently got a chance to talk to the man behind the brand, Matt and I discuss his work and his biggest inspirations as an artist? and What his #WishList for Christmas is in 2010.

Hi Matt, It’s great to introduce yourself to the Design Juices readers. Why don’t you tell us how Matthewdunnart came together and what you bring to the world of online retail through your artwork.

Matthew Dunn Art is the banner under which I produce various projects. The name itself is a result of me wanting to create a brand that was easier to locate (Matthew Dunn is an insanely common name, there are a few other artists who also share it). Funnily enough this has resulted in many people thinking my last name is actually Dunnart! For most people who have found my work under this banner it’s all about t-shirts, a constant (some might say obsessive) flow of new designs, many featuring my trademark gas-masked character Leroy, as well as plenty of monkeys and other animal-headed people.

Who has been your biggest inspiration as an artist?

Mike Mignola. In regards to the comics I produce he opened my eyes to the power of visual storytelling, mood, and the ability to take comics into an abstract yet understandable direction. In regards to my other art and design work his use of negative space within a composition has been a huge influence on my own work.

Was your interest in art ignited as a youngster creating paintings to stick on your fridge? or was it as a more mature teenager who was inspired by artists/ art movements? designers?

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. There’s a certain joy and sensation to the creative process that can’t be found in anything else, and it’s something I’ve been addicted to for many years now. As far as addictions go it’s a pretty healthy one to have.

2010 has been a massive year for yourself, What do you pick out as being the highlights of your success this year? Is it possible to better your successes in 2011?

Pulling off 3 solo exhibitions within the space of 1 year (2 of which were back-to-back) and not losing my mind in the process is definitely a high point. There were also some big projects that were started up in 2010 but won’t be offically firing up until 2011, and they’ve got me really excited about the future. I think you should always be trying to reach beyond current/previous successes, otherwise you might as well stop what you’re doing.

We know you as having joined the GritFX magazine back in July, What is your role on the GritFX magazine? What kinds of things do you do for the online magazine?

GritFX magazine provide me with an outlet to ramble on about different things that I find interesting. It’s a wonderful, freewheeling team-up where I just sit down and bash away at the keyboard about different things, and the GritFX team throw it up online.

Will Matt being doing anything special for Christmas and New years?

It’s been a crazy year so my wife and I are planning on having a very low-key and relaxed Xmas/New Year, spent relaxing at home with our cats, reading comics and playing with toy robots.

Complete this sentance: “All I want for Christmas is…”

All i want for christmas is… more toy robots!

You can Follow @matthewdunnart on Twitter, Check out the Matt Dunn Online Store and Become a Fan of Matt on Facebook.

Matthew Dunn Art: Design Favourites

The Blues

You Got A Problem

Leroy Takes a Moment to Reflect

Zombie VS Robin Hood

Leroy Skateboard

Thanks to Matt Dunn, for talking his time out with this interview today. Tomorrow we will be interviewing and featuring Othello Industries and Rizzo Tees. #WishList

Don’t forget to enter the second part of our #WishList giveaway with some photo fun, which will be judged by Jason Sadler of I Wear Your Shirt.

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