Artist : Lee Ford
Lee Ford is an artist based in Sheffield, England.
He describes himself thus: "I am a visual communicator that uses photography, drawing, textures, printmaking, ephemera, computers and photocopiers to create images for print and web clients worldwide. My work evolves from complex social issues described in a visceral visual language that explores both concept and aesthetic in equal measure. A collaborator, founding member, senior lecturer and exhibitor; I currently practice and teach my experiences within the Illustration industry from my base in Sheffield."
What did you want to be as a kid?
My dad took me to see Sherlock Holmes at the library theatre in Manchester and as a result I fancied being a detective for a while. I also took up the trombone when I was at school; it didn't last long (much to my parents' pleasure) as listening to me practicing scales in the evening must have been a nightmare. However for those brief moments I had dreams of traveling the world dazzling people with my trombone playing.
What's the best tool of your trade?
Eyes/hands are both essential tools for my job.
Why did you choose these three images?
The first image is what's on my desktop, I'm currently working on a new mailout.
The second image was done recently whilst traveling back from Manchester - some jobs take a while to produce, however this took minutes. It's nice to get away from the computer and work in sketchbooks, it reminds me that there are so many ways to make an image.
The third image was done for a recent project called Spot the Tiger which is tackling current political debates. My subject was based around the introduction of compulsory ID cards in the UK. It's an excellent project which has a great roster of artists plus they're a lovely group.
How would you describe them to a blind person?
The first looks like someone's ear is on fire - based on the proverb that if your ears are burning, someone is talking about you negatively.
Friday night at most train stations you will see at least a couple of people drinking cans of beer and generally acting strange. The second is a recording of what takes place. Note: the artist can not be held responsible should rendering be slightly unflattering!
The third has a gentleman wearing a disguise kit which are available at most bad joke shops - they consist of glasses, large bulbous nose and stick-on fake moustache.
If your art was music what would it sound like?
Noisy with a few melodic parts, which ironically is similar to the music I like Sonic Youth, Battles etc.
I do at least once a week.
Big up yourself.
I've recently started growing vegetables and have some impressive runner beans. I'm very proud.
How far have you gone for your art?
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