Combining diverse and complex narratives into one epic visual saga.
Studio Hosego is an illustration duo that specializes in combining complex and layered narratives into one clear visual story.
Following the renaissance tradition, leaning strongly towards the visual language of Albrecht Durer, Studio Hosego combines classical and contemporary symbolism to create impactful and relevant imagery; often allowing the past to comment on the future and vice versa, their illustrations are equally relevant, poignant as they are contemporary and humoristically absurd.
Studio Hosego strives to tell a different story; one of layers, nuance, irony and conflicting and evolving ideals, all playing out at the same time in one epic scene.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Studio: Chris kept harassing me over several years to work together and when the pandemic hit I was skint enough that I gave in. Question: Did you study illustration in college? Studio: I studied art in London, specialising in sculpture. I only started to draw again a few years back when I ran out of space in the studio to make anymore sculptures. Question: Where did you grow up? Studio: Chichester. Question: Where do you live now and what drew you there? Studio: Moved to London for university and never left. Question: Describe your studio for us… Studio: After years of making art in dank, cold warehouse; now I work out of a spare room in my house. The main difference is I wear slippers most of the day now and eat food rather than just drinking coffee. Question: Describe the view from your window. Studio: A back garden. Barbecue. Bike. Washing. Foxes. Cats. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Studio: T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. Question: How do you get your ideas? Studio: I put myself in contact with as diverse a range of materials as humanly possible. My google algorithm doesn’t know what’s happening. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Studio: Cricket. Test match only. None of that 1 day nonsense. Question: What is the first record you bought? Studio: Mr Vain by Culture Beat ?? Question: What was your favourite assignment ever? Studio: My favourite assignment is always my newest one, but I fall out of love with my work pretty much as soon as I finish it. I’m always trying to move forward with my work so when I look back at older stuff all I see is the mistakes.
Hermès Paris, Vogue, Channel Four Television, The Financial Times