UNIT 7: Mat Maitland

MAT MAITLAND

Mat Maitland started his career at WEA (Warner Bros. Records) in the early 1990s as a designer. In the mid-1990s he joined Big Active where he has acted as designer and art director on numerous music campaigns such as Basement JaxxGoldfrappSimian (for which he received 2 Music Week CADS awards), Snow Patrol and Beck. He is also an image maker producing collage works, which absorb the worlds of fashion, pop culture and art. Some of this work can also be seen on numerous book covers and record sleeves such as Goldfrapp, Beck and Pleasure, a Norwegian band, for whom he is also a featured vocalist and songwriter. Maitland's design work on the White Lies album To Lose My Life... earned him the number seven spot on the Art Vinyl Top 20 Albums of the Year.

Mat's work is featured in Talc magazine, and I chose to look at his collage work specifically, as it has a very different nature to mine. It is very graphic and computer based, with images filling the entire page, without an obvious meaning or story behind them. It is good to look for inspiration in all other artists under the collage umbrella, because anything can inspire an idea and it is always good to keep comparing your own work with current artists.

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