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Ian Murray

Ian Murray - Retro conceptual illustrator. UK

Cheshire, UK
Strange and wonderful characters, curious symbols and vintage patterns and textures give Cheshire-based illustrator Ian Murray’s work its own unique look and feel. When he looks into a topic, he sees things others can’t and visualises them for clients who are looking for imagery that stands apart from the rest.
Although he’s a vastly experienced illustrator, Ian is obsessed with productivity and constantly reads art and design books to find out how other creatives work, and what their systems are. He received a first in Illustration from Kingston University before going on to do an MA in Communication Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Approach

Confessing to a love of order and neatness, Ian is nevertheless drawn to worn-looking textures. The result is a tension in his work between strong compositions and design elements, and the chaos of his mark making, old bits of paper, textures and patterns. He works in limited colour palettes and tends to save ones that work for future use. He also keeps his handmade ink and print marks on his computer – catalogued and ready for deployment at any moment.

Style

Ian’s work is all about effective colour combinations, strong composition, considered shapes and thoughtful concepts.

Client list

Some of Ian’s clients include the BBC, British Gas, Canon, Future Publishing, Halfords, The Halifax, Mercedes-Benz, New York Law School, NewYork Jazz Festival, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Quarto Publishing,The Radio Times, Reuters Transport For London and Wittards.
Pianoscapes
Pianoscapes
Ian Murray illustrates this cover design for an album of dark, moody piano music for arthouse films entitled Pianoscapes.
Pianoscapes
UMA
UMA
Ian Murray is commissioned by XPRIZE to illustrate a short story on Avatar Technology.
UMA
Skinned
Skinned
Ian Murray creates the cover art for retro drum album, Skinned.
Skinned
Shortlisted!
Shortlisted!
Ian Murray is thrilled to have his piece 'Ceci N'est Pas Un Singe’ shortlisted in the Northern Illustration Prize.
Shortlisted!
Murray's Techniques
Murray's Techniques
Ian Murray delivers practical workshops teaching teenagers his printing and stencilling techniques.
Murray's Techniques
Data Driven
Data Driven
Ian Murray produces the cover art for Narrative by Numbers; a new book which makes sense of data.
Data Driven
Migrant Crisis
Migrant Crisis
Ian Murray creates a print in support of the Red Cross Refugee Crisis Appeal.
Migrant Crisis
Pushing the Envelope
Pushing the Envelope
Ian Murray joins other artists to celebrate 175 years of the postage stamp in a touring exhibition organised by Neil Hadfield - the course leader at Hereford College of Arts.
Pushing the Envelope
Toronto
Toronto
Ian Murray illustrates Toronto Pearson International airport for the Design Solution 2015 Calendar.
Toronto