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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work - I make limited edition screenprinted artwork under the moniker FANTOME from a studio above a garage in Newcastle UK. You can read a little more about me and the work I do below….

For available works please visit my shop

For projects/shows/commissions and all enquiries please contact: mail[at}fantome.art

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BIO

FANTOME is a British Graphic Artist raised in a small valley in New Zealand - inspired by a visual diet of 80's Films and TV, sticker graphics, old colouring books, comics, screenprinted ephemera and recurring visions of having pens and pencils instead of fingers. 

Best known for His artwork and screen printed editions that feature depictions of giant pencils, paintbrushes and a motley crew of characters hell bent on creative abandon. Fantomes artworks are a direct call to arms for people everywhere to pick up their pencil, their brush, their artistic tool of choice and go forth to proclaim the power of the creative spirit as the mightiest weapon of all.

An accomplished graphic designer and illustrator Fantome had his first artwork - a comic published at just age 13 and illustrated a portrait of Kate Moss for legendary magazine The Face whilst still at college. His unorthodox, laid back approach and varied skill set led to projects and collaborations with the likes of: MTV, DJ Shadow, Diesel, Fila, Red Bull and Paul Insect. 

Fantome has been producing screen printed editions and exhibiting his work since 2008. He has built a solid reputation as one to watch in recent years, with his work increasingly sought after by art fans and collectors.

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Origins

I had grown shackled by commercial work...pushing pixels, staring into a monitor screen late at night - I felt pretty unfulfilled creatively by it all. 

I remembered my childhood and the recurring dreams I had of pens and pencils for fingers and that making art should be fun. It was this that signified a return to a more analogue way of working. I wanted to get my hands dirty again and my mind moving. In search of some kind of creative redemption I began feverishly sketching and quickly felt alive again with new ideas.

The name Fantome was derived from an anagram of….'Not Fame' the title of an old college project. It was a name that suited both the work and my elusive spirit. I combined my passions of drawing and inking in Black and White with screen printing and revelled in exploring the freedom to pursue my own thoughts and execute them as I wished with creative abandon.

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PROCESS

I have a fairly fertile mind that wrestles with the weight of too many abstract ideas. I sketch everything out in the form of a rough thumbnail and pick and choose what I think works and what doesn't.

I work on large sheets of Bristol board paper and sketch up in pencil. I then work over the top in either Black fine-liners or more recently I have chosen to paint in Black Acrylics for a looser feel. The resulting artwork is then scanned and prepped for screenprinting. Occasionally I add a texture I've scanned in Photoshop or composite other drawings into the background. I use the Mac as well to erase any errant pencil lines or coffee stains, a lot of other mistakes are purposely left in.

I am obsessive with choosing the right combination of paper and Pantone colour to produce the best print possible. Colour is an endless fascination but I love the limitations of Black and White and the limitations of the screen print process too. I would choose screenprinting any day over digital printing, a good analogy would be a Vinyl recording Vs an MP3 file, there is a certain romance, truth and purity to it and you cannot substitute the authentic quality.

I have been using the same local Newcastle based screen printers to produce all my prints, they work to the highest standard and produce editions as well for a number of local artists, the likes of: Hush, Tom French and Prefab77.

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Get In Touch

Thanks for reading! Keep supporting independent artists, makers and do'ers by buying their wares. Spread the good word :)

Fantome

xxx 2017

 

For all enquiries please contact: mail[at}fantome.art

Follow: @fantome_art