Tonight, a show by Belgian illustrator Brecht Vandenbroucke opens in London.
Nobrow Gallery will be showing a collection of just under twenty works.
They first saw his work on Flickr, via a small 20px squared portrait!
That's correct - as a comment box of someone else’s Flickr photostream.
"I am interested in pop culture, happiness, insanity, surrealism", says Brecht.
"Loneliness, death and alienation.
Drawing is very lonely.
But I also like fun, fun is good.
I’ve been making stuff all of my life.
I guess I will continue doing it until the day I die.
Life is too short, there is not enough time to do everything I want to.
I find that sometimes a bit depressing.
Ideas pop in to my head all the time, So I write them down.
I write a lot - the moment I have an idea I see the entire image in my head.
But then I look for more information on the subject to avoid cliches.
Everything has to be right.
I like pulling stuff from reality into my work.
I used to work with a sketchbook and make compositions of everything.
However, I found it much easier lately to paint the images immediately.
Just see what comes out - it’s easy as I can erase mistakes whenever I want.
Mostly I've been influenced by the work of Mark Beyer, ATAK,
Charlotte Solomon, Topor, Henry Darger, David Shrigley, and Glen Baxter .
But I also love Disney and crappy comics - I love culture in all forms.
I don’t see a difference between pop culture and underground culture.”
Oh by the way - Brecht is one of the collaborators of the Expo EGO show!
20 artists translated pictures by Antwerp collective Der Ikonoklast.
"We made pictures, a melon got raped, images got stolen, art was made of it."
Can't be wrong!