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Mixing pop culture icons with stylised artworks, designer BFGF caught our eye recently. These fresh homewares are the work of Lilian Martinez who calls her creative endeavor BFGF an “Art Brand”. Patternbank were drawn to the compelling randomness of the content. Simpson’s characters, sports brand logos, historic female sculptures, and basketballs all feature within her work. Mixing history, pop culture elements, and tropical plant life to create amazing art pieces. Based in California BFGF sells through her website and Society6.

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Patternbank are loving these modernist interior illustrations by Romanian artist Ana Popescu. With the holiday season not too far away these beautifully stylish illustrations focus on texture, interior layouts and muted colour plays. With the David Hockney exhibition happening at the Tate Britain until the 29th May, these artworks are a refreshing new look on holiday home illustrations. See more of her stunning work here

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These beautifully opulent illustrations are the work of Russian painter Slava Fokk. Patternbank are loving the elegant rich subject matter that has a slight art deco look to the mood and styling. Slava Fokk was born in 1976 in Krasnodar, Southern Russia and is representative of the fourth generation in his dynasty of artists that have been conveying its art views and professional skills through decades. At the present moment Slava Fokk lives in Los-Angeles and works on his new paintings.

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London Based artist Mark Powell has been creating stunning visual masterpieces. Powell reuses found vintage envelopes as canvases for his detailed biro studies.
“I like to think that I am preserving a little bit of history in some small way as some of the envelopes date back to 1852, I feel that this adds extra character over that of a blank sheet of paper.” Explains Powell. See more of his incredible artworks for sale on



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Patternbank loves the sleek sophistication and retro style that oozes from the illustrations of Anja Kroenke. The New York based artist was born in Vienna, Austria where she studied Textile Design and Fashion Illustration. Her career kicked off in Graphics but after moving to New York Anja devoted her time to illustration. Since the 90’s her client list has blossomed to include the likes of Vogue, Ralph Pucci, Harvey Nichols and Givenchy, and in Summer 2013 Anja collaborated with M.A.C. cosmetics to launch a collection of cosmetic bags and totes. Have a sneaky peek at more from Anja here.



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Patternbank are loving the simply stylish work of Japanese artist Hiroshi Tanabe. Last year Tanabe and Stussy collaborated on a range of graphic T’s featuring his elegant yet vibrant illustrations. He combines simple graphic lines inspired by traditional Japanese woodcuts with a sleek modern aesthetic to produce these eye-catching images. Read more about this facinating artist and see his portfolio at



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Patternbank have spotted Ed Fairburn’s amazing map based portraits on a handful of inspirational blogs recently and thought we’d share. Based in Cardiff, illustrator Ed Fairburn creates portraits using old vintage maps to bring his unique artworks to life. He explains ‘ I paint, draw and construct using a flexible range of tangible media across a wide range of surfaces and contexts, allowing my practice to exist across various disciplines.’ Patternbank love the way Ed’s illustrations transpire from intricate road networks and structured landscapes. See more of his work at his portfolio site 



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With the Spring/Summer season just around the corner, keeping track of new and emerging graphic tee shirt trends is key. Patternbank spotted these graphic delights by street-wear brand Carhartt. They have just released a batch of 70 strong tee shirt styles with a real mix of inspiring graphic. The S/S13 collection sees a strong visual play on twisted retro sports graphics, outdoor hunting themes and comic book inspired prints. Guest artists called upon these season included: David Lanaspa, Doubleday & Cartwright, Rise Above, Typeholics, Playarea, Will Kemp, and Sergey Shapiro. Check out the full range at Carharrt website.



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The Patternbank team visited London’s Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park last weekend. The Affordable Art Fair’s formula is simple, yet unique: a relaxed, inspiring environment and lots of good quality contemporary art. In this post we give a quick snapshot of our favorite finds whilst walking the show. Check the website for dates and info on other global cities that the fair is visiting.

Maira Rivans (Liberty Gallery)

Jane Sampson (Liberty Gallery)

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In Halloween Mood, the Patternbank team thought we’d share these unique and stylish illustrations. Graham Erwin, a designer, illustrator and screen printer based in Columbus, Ohio. His work is a real mix of crafted linear illustrations and precise studied detail. Check out more of his work on his portfolio site and learn more about his recent exhibitions on his blog.

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Mixing humour with beautifully hand crafted typography is where illustrator Andy Smith excels. The Patternbank team love his quirky offbeat type statements that have real energy and impact. Smith studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art and now lives by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex. We first spotted his work at Pick Me Up(contemporary art fair) at Somerset House and have continued to follow his inspiring work. See more  of his work here at

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Patternbank love these illustrative prints by New York based artist Victo Ngai. Born in Hong Kong, in 1988, Ngai graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. As her diverse artwork brilliantly reflects, Victo Ngai is an illustrator of many cultural backgrounds. Ngai’s stunningly ornate illustrations have a contemporary and fresh look and feel that grab your attention. See more of her work at

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Patternbank were at Pick Me Up, UK’s first annual contemporary graphic art fair at Somerset House, London. In it’s third year now the show has grown to be a great place to spot new and upcoming talent with original works and prints available to purchase. Not only that there are various events and workshops to get involved in so altogether a great inspiring day out.

Patternbank highlights the strongest Illustration and graphic trends seen at the fair.

Decorative Edge

Linear Studies – Botanical Inspiration -Victorian drawings & Photos – Crafted Collage – Gold Foil Backgrounds

Sister Arrow, Alice Hoult, Lizzy Stewart, Nelly Duff, Kristijana S Williams, Print Club London, Many Hands

Character Art

Pen and ink sketches – Sprayed and brushed looks – Stylised vector illustrations – Vivid colour use – Tattoo graphics

Sarah BeetsonEmily Forgot, Tom Frost,  Tim Mcdonagh, Mimi LeungPeskimo, Zeloot

Collage Statements

Collage expression – Abstract content – Forgotten magazine clippings – Floral bloom montages – Spliced looks

Damien Tran, Stone & Spear, Ciara Phelan

Neon Blast

Intense Colour against pencil sketches – Abstract shape use – Mineral illustrations – Digital neon looks – Highlight marker pen fills

Hennie Haworth, Urban inks, Nic Bennett & Marcroy, Zeloot, Ship of Fools, Niki PilkingtonPrint Club London, Sac Magique

Surreal Objects

Weird visual statements – Sinister undertones – Overprinted effects – Random mosaics – Cut out detail – Geometric displacement

Topo CopyPrint Club London, Heretic, Martinni Colausson, Puck Studio, Marcroy 

Paper Crafted

Crafted Beauty – Paper type sculptures – Layered effects – Nostalgic interpretations – Surreal paper art

Zim & Zou, PeepshowOwen Gildersleeve

Patternbanks favorite studio highlights included Soma Gallery, Many Hands & Print Club London.


Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair

Somerset House, London  |   22 March – 1 April 2012  |