“I prefer to flick through ephemera and chop stuff up, lay it side by side then boom, you have an idea“
Oli Fowler is an artist who specialises in screen-printing and graphic design. Oli grew up in Kimpton, Hertfordshire and moved to London in 2000 to study fashion and textiles at Central Saint Martins. More recently, he received a BA in Graphic Design from Camberwell College of Arts. Oli’s artistic practice spans across various forms of graphic art and design, including printmaking, illustration, photography, and photomontage, and he frequently combines these different mediums in his creative process. He values experimentation from the earliest stages of work and bends the rules of printmaking, allowing for chance and deliberate mistakes to give direction for the finished piece.
What is your background? At 19 I studied fashion and textiles at St Martins only to drop out a year later. I returned to uni at the age of 30 afters years of different jobs. I guess you could say I’m a late starter. I always knew I wanted to be creative but didn’t know how to make the cross over. It was only until I just dived in and accepted I was gonna be scraping the barrel for a while that things started to happen but it didn’t happen overnight.
How and why did you gravitate toward collage? I’ve never been really good at drawing, I don’t have the patience for it – I prefer to flick through ephemera and chop stuff up, lay it side by side then boom, you have an idea. I’m fast by nature and collage works well for me in that way.
Who is your inspiration? I loved the street art scene and artists from around 2007, this is what really got me thinking about making my own work – particularly Adam Neate’s work, I loved the way he churned art out and left it on the streets for people to find. He’s an amazing artist too. Other artists include Clifford Richards, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Rauschenberg etc – I mainly just like adverts and music photography from the 70s and 80s.
What would you really like with your art? All I want from my art is enough money to support my craft so I can continue to do what I love doing.