London based artist Eloise Dorr has been creating paintings and prints from her studio for a hip counter-culture crowd for years now. Influenced largely by skate culture, she is widely known for using skateboards as her canvases. Her images are colourful and fun – charming illustrations of a shadowy figure having a good time. She has also just launched her own street wear clothing brand. Candid recently made a trip to her studio to discuss her work and see her at action.
Candid Magazine: What projects have you been working on recently?
Eloise Dorr: I’ve been working on lots of projects at the moment, the biggest one being an exhibition my friend Tracy Gray and I are putting together that’s going to be in Berlin. She’s taking photos and I’m painting on them/from them. It’s gonna be really great, it’s gonna be in January and I’m stoked!
CM: You often use a particular character in your work, how did the idea originate and how has it evolved over time?
ED: The character I use has been a development over the last few years. I couldn’t say how it originated, I think I was just experimenting with using creatures other than humans and somehow this blob silhouette character was how it ended up haha.
CM: You dabble in a variety of different mediums and canvases for your art, from lino print to broken skateboards, how do you choose what medium or canvas to use for a particular idea?
ED: It just depends on what I think would look best for what I’m trying to put across. If I’m doing a colourful story like scene, I like to use plywood or a board. But if I’m trying to do something with a a bit more atmosphere, a bit more eery, then I will use lino with black ink or just a black ink drawing on paper. It all just depends on what I think would suit best in my head.
CM: You’ve recently released a clothing line called Sports. What was the idea behind the release?
ED: There wasn’t a huge amount of thought behind the sports line, I had done a few one of t-shirts with one design and I thought I would try and do a mini series of one theme for the next run. I had the sports character and just thought he would make a cool series. I wanted to do something a bit separate from my artwork that I do day to day, and wanted to do something colourful. It was just a series of ideas that all came together to make this line.
CM: Are there any brands or artists you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
ED: Yeh plenty, I like to collaborate with as many people as possible – mainly friends. I find the best collabs are usually the unplanned ones, just 2 artists that happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to make something together. I’d like to do that again soon! As for brands, I wont say unless it doesn’t happen haha.
CM: Who are the artists that you find inspiration from?
ED: The root of my inspiration that I got for my art all started with the impressionists/post-impressionists, so they’re the ones I hold closest to my heart. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in particular. He’s my number 1.
CM: You’re currently planning an exhibition in Berlin with Tracy Gray, can you tell us a little about what will be featured in the show?
ED: The show I mentioned briefly earlier is going to feature mostly collaborative pieces of photos she’s taken on film of brutalist style architecture and some cool skate spots with my paintings on top of them – mostly my characters then some other colour work too. There are going to be some other collaboration stuff too between the 2 of us but we’re still ironing out the ideas. Then in the show we are also going to have some of our solo pieces, some of my drawings some of her photography. For the show as well we are making a zine with work in it fitting in with the style of the show, but mostly stuff that wont be in the show. We’re still figuring everything out but this is where we’re at at the moment – it’s going really well and I’m super excited!
CM: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
ED: I’m still trying to figure that one out myself haha. Lots, hopefully.
By Ben Gore