Spotlight: Stanley Chow

— 31 May 2018 by Lauren Furey

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June is upon us and that means two things - it's almost the World Cup and it's time for a new exhibition at Boxpark.

Luckily, this month, we're combining the two.

Our June exhibition at Boxpark Shoreditch comes from the talented hands of Stanley Chow. We sat him down to find out more.

Tell us who you are and what you do.

I am Stanley Chow, I’m from Manchester, I’m nearly 44 years old and I am best known as an illustrator of people and faces. I’m married with two daughters, and I’m also a cat-owner.

What can visitors expect from your exhibition at Boxpark Shoreditch?

It’s essentially iconic footballers wearing my favourite World Cup kits from 1982 to the current World Cup. Admittedly, it was difficult rounding it down to seven illustrations as there are so many iconic players and so many kits that I love.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Google images, ha-ha! I subconsciously take inspiration from everyday life - my kids, whatever's on TV, what I see on the internet, bus shelter adverts; consciously, my inspiration when I start a new illustration, is to hopefully to produce a better illustration than the last illustration I did, that’s kind of like my mantra. 

Who were your biggest influences when you were starting out?

So many! I was a fan of so many artists. Even though I’m not a comic artist, it was comic art, like Marvel and DC, that had the biggest influence on me. The three comic artists that immediately spring to mind are Mike Mignola, Bill Sienkiewicz and Jack Kirby. I must also give mention to Gary Smith, he was definitely my favourite caricaturist when growing up; his work appeared regularly in the TV listings section of newspapers and the Radio Times.

What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?

At the end of June, I have an exhibition at The Great Exhibition of the North #getnorth2018, in Gateshead, featuring portraits, musicians and pop stars from the North of England, in conjunction with Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack. I’m doing something top secret at The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival in October. In between - who knows? That’s the beauty, or nightmare, of being a freelance illustrator - you take on whatever comes your way. 

What was the last song you listened to?

Eus Keus? by Gwenno - that's the song on the radio right now. The last song I chose to listen to was Satt Att Se by Dungen