Hope you guys aren’t sick of reading interviews yet. This time I’ve asked Guy Burwell to answer the ten questions. He rules. Enjoy.
Age: Mmmmm 42 like
Location: Currently Portland, Oregon.
Years Doing Posters: Hard to say. I think some of my earliest pieces in proper poster and flyer making have dates from 1988 or so, so about 20 years, now. But there were others before I could get into bars and such, so perhaps twenty two or twenty three years.
Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: It changes with each week that goes by, and we all would say either our latest or perhaps that we can’t choose a favorite, BUT if I had to pick a few, I would say that I like the Black Keys with Jay Reatard, for it’s adventurous feeling at the time, for me, and my Teenage Fanclub print for how fun it was at the time. I always like my first Neko Case print though as with any print there is that one thing that drives me bananas with each glance. Mudhoney was a grand success and the Mono print, as my first self-pulled screen print, satisfies, though I wish I knew then what I know now.
All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did: I have a Coyne print I have had for years and years before I started with making prints. I don’t collect prints but I love the work of plenty of others. I like European sensibilities though I don’t think I can attempt to possess those sensibilities myself. The art prints I like are mostly from cartoonists or illustrators. I love the hand work of illustrators and designers of the 50’s. I like a lot of things but I don’t claim them for possessions, I keep their impulses and impressions in my head to linger.
Music Currently In Rotation: The Pernice Brothers and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The Reigning Sound, Anders Parker, MMJ, The Flashing LIghts. Misfits. That kind of thing.
Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought: Mmmmm the oversized “Pink Pearl” print from Jordan Crane struck me as fun so I bought one of those. And several Keegan Onefoot original paintings.
Art Hanging On Your Walls: The above print, Keegan Onefoot originals that I commissioned, a Bibby painting, a lot of my own prints to agonize over, a great many small pieces from Bwana Spoons and other locals. A Gunsho original that I don’t have a frame for, and some other odds and ends, mostly small pieces and things that I commissioned from people.
Upcoming Stuff: Shibbit, I have several official tour prints and other pieces that bands have asked for for specific dates and shows. I have plans for more personal materials and hope to take a break from posters for a few weeks and add to my Jazz and Shoe series’ and start on two special sorts of projects and take a trip and give my brain a big fat break. Okay?
Words of Wisdom: Everyone should try to relax. Not that I can do it, but everyone should try.
To see more of Guy’s work, visit GuyBurwell.com.