Spotlight: Will Prince
— 8 Aug 2017, 22:14
Last month, Boxpark Shoreditch was decorated with some extremely stylish, colourful and familiar faces. This electrifying exhibition was brought to you by the incredibly talented, London-based, artist Will Prince, who has been scoring himself a legion of fans with his striking illustrations of some of the most iconic artists in music today. So much so that he's even garnered the attention and support of the likes of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. Will's exhibition is currently at Boxpark Croydon until the end of August, so we sat him to talk more about his artistic style and his plans for the future...
Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Will Prince and I am a 25 year old aspiring artist born and raised in Carlisle, Cumbria.
What inspired the caricature-style illustrations that feature so prominently in your work?
This is always a tough question but I think, subconsciously, I have always been inspired by graphic novels, cartoons, video games and graffiti. I also love the Pop Art movement and artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
Can you talk a bit about your exhibition at Boxpark Shoreditch and Croydon.
My friend Shauni Caballero helped me put together this year's exhibition along with The Go 2 Agency. I hadn’t exhibited my work in over a year. Since that time, I had been working on many more portraits and I was especially focused on UK Grime artists and influencers. I chose to display my favourite of those pieces and two random pieces I just thought stood out in my catalogue. We also put on an afterparty at Ace Hotel with a line up that included notable DJ’s, such as Darq E Freaker, Murkage Dave, Tiffany Calver, Ralph Hardy and more. The after party was in collaboration with Fiesta who frequently throw parties in London, and Chance The Rapper and Little Dickey came through.
Who and what were your artistic influences when you were growing up?
When I was young I didn’t necessarily follow any particular artists, I just knew I loved to draw and make art. I was a bit of a geek and I loved cartoons, video games and comic illustrations. As I grew up, I started to get into more artists like Lucien Freud, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat and many more.
Talk us through your creative process.
It is all about timing for me, I have bursts of inspiration where I will create non-stop for a period of time. The majority of time I spend is finding the right images to capture and recreate. I think that is an important part because most of my work is portraits and I find certain images suit the person’s character best. My usual medium is to draw on paper using Sharpies and then scan onto my MacBook and colour digitally. Recently, I find myself getting more inspired to paint.
What does the rest of 2017 have in store for you?
To be honest, I have no solid plans in place yet. I will be creating more artwork but what that will be yet I have no idea! I might also have another exhibition lined up before the end of the year. Keep an eye out on my website, Twitter and Instagram to find out where and when!
Finally, what was the last track you listened to?