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17/18 INSA

“‘GIF-ITI’ in Africa”

What inspired your work?

It was only after I had had all the inoculations and boarded the plane that I realised I had misread the brief of ‘Make a piece of work inspired by Africa’ to Make a piece of work IN Africa! Anyway it worked out well as I couldn’t think of a better way to produce a piece of work inspired by a place than actually visiting it. I flew to The Gambia and spent some time in and around the villages on the mangroves of Makasutu Jungle. I painted a traditional african thatched mud hut that belong to Saloum and his 2 wives and many children. Saloum was particularly pleased with the marching elephants as they have pretty much been wiped out in The Gambia apart from the one owed by the president.

 

About the artist:

A graduate of Goldsmith’s, London, British artist and designer INSA began his career as a graffiti writer. Soon becoming known for his trademark ‘graffiti fetish’ pattern, INSA’s work is now held in the V&A collection, and has been exhibited at Tate Britain, London. Outside of the UK, INSA has taken his work to major cities around the world including; Tokyo, LA, New York, San Francisco, Bogota, Luxembourg, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels and Montreal.

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10/18 Sam Coldy

"Ezinma"

What inspired your work?

Using organic looking shapes to represent the raw materials usually used for the real thing, and using textiles and animal prints typical to the region, I recreated an African Tribal mask.

The mask is composed of 54 elements to celebrate the 54 recognised states of Africa. I wanted the vibrancy of Africa to be shown through colour, but also to draw upon Lynx’s iconic colours, black, red and green.

About the artist:

Sam is a graphic artist and art director based in London who has worked with a variety of people within the music industry and beyond.

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9/18 Ferry Gouw

"Still Dancing"

What inspired your work?

I am fascinated by the culture, imagery, and sounds of modern Africa, especially the dance culture coming out of various countries such as Shangaan Electro in South Africa and Azonto in Ghana. I want to represent this side of Africa: bold, young, new, and expressive. I want to tap into this sense of fun and energy. That’s what fascinates me about modern Africa, and that’s what I imagine Lynx Africa represents.

About the artist:

Ferry is an illustrator, graphic designer, and video director based in London. He is the art director for Major Lazer amongst others.

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6/18 Jim’ll Paint It

"1995"

What inspired your work?

Dear Jim,

Please paint us a scene from 1995 where Robert de Niro and Al Pacino are having a Heat style shootout with Nerf guns in Bobby D’s teenage bedroom.

Cheers, Lynx Team

About the artist:

Jim began drawing requests from his friends in February 2013. Shortly after he opened it out to the internet at large and within a few weeks had thousands of suggestions ranging from the bizarre to the even more bizarre. He paints them all for free using a mouse and Microsoft Paint and has since featured in various publications including The Independent and Q Magazine.

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16/18 Duffy

"Africa in Ink"

What inspired your work?

With tattooing appearing in western society in the 1700s by sailors such as Captain James Cook, the relationship between the images used in tattooing would relate to the sailors travels. I have created an ‘old school’ style tattoo flash sheet with images relating to Africa, including the Lynx itself from which the brands name derives.

About the artist:

In a culture of mass production, Duffy Jewellry stands apart. Working with locally sourced materials, each handmade design from the East London Atelier boasts a level or craftsmanship reminiscent of a time gone by. Harnessing the nuances particular to each piece, Duffy Jewellery resists the homogeny of machine manufacturing to create something raw. His collections are bold, with each item reflecting the spirit of the young designer and the environment in which he works.

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