Striking traditional mark making techniques are Paris based illustrator Paul Holland's forte. Whilst being executed with a blend of both wit and sensitivity, these are often enriched digitally, introducing fanciful dimensions and elements of realism. A fascination with popular culture and the juxtaposition of stark motifs alongside the familiar inspire this unique perspective. Influences lie within the worlds of fashion, subcultures, music and celebrity. Retaining an eye on trends past, present and future, his vivid style lends itself very well to a variety of commissions. Working methods consist of all key elements being conventionally hand drawn in pencil. These illustrations are then colour enhanced using Photoshop. Therefore generally non vector based.
Question: Do you have any formal design training? Paul: Yes, after a foundation course in Leicester I completed a degree in Illustration at Kingston University. Question: You live in Paris. Does the city have an influence on your creativity? Paul: I’m sure living in a foreign country affects you in many ways, both consciously & subconsciously. I cannot think of how living in Paris has influenced my work in particular but it is most certainly a beautiful city to be surrounded by. Question: Who/What is your biggest inspiration? Paul: Popular culture, the weird & wonderful, fashion, music and its lyrics. Question: Do you collect anything? Paul: I have an eye for flashy trainers, which I store away until the following year. I also like objects considered Kitsch/Pop as well as stationary. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Paul: No, not since being in education and purchasing an Apple G5, I’m a neat freak! I do realize the benefits though and can see how the computer has negatively affected the way in which an artist may work.
Question: What is the first record you bought? Paul: I have no idea what this would have been. I did join Kylie’s fan club when she left Neighbors and began her music career with Pete Waterman though. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you've recently completed. Paul: I’m currently illustrating Star Signs for a French magazine with a gay audience. I have to create a ‘sexy’ figurative image every month and have really enjoyed spicing these up with pop elements and tongue-in-cheek humor. Question: Who is/are your art hero/oes? Paul: Francis Bacon, Frida Kahlo, Hans Bellmer, Quentin Crisp, Ron Mueck, Robert Longo, Grayson Perry, David Lachapelle, Leigh Bowery. Question: Who is/are your musical hero/oes? Paul: Joy Division, Deee-Lite, Bat for Lashes, Antony Hegarty, Chairlift, Bloc Party. Question: If you weren't an illustrator what would you be? Paul: Physio (this is the French term for a door bitch!), Fashion Photographer, Model Agency Scout, a visual job of some kind!
The Times / Style Magazine, The Guardian, Marie-Claire, GQ, FHM, Attitude, TETU, Readers Digest, Computer Arts, L'OrealFavourites
: Tate Modern
: Apple Stores
: pollymorgan.co.uk sneakerfreaker.com
: Hedi Slimane (Dior Homme)
: Busaba, Ping Pong (London), L’Ebauchoir (Paris)
: The Face (1980-2004)
Place to inspire yourself
: A nightclub where I can people watch.