Harri Golightly is a illustrator with a passion for feminism and badass'ness when it comes to her controversial art pieces. We have been following career for a while now and love the messages she puts out there in correlation to her art!
Tell us about YOU!
Hi Im harri, reluctant feminist, dog botherer, lazy yogi, freelance illustrator and surface designer with permanently itchy feet. I am literally that awful cliche of a digital nomad. I can generally be found wherever there's a socket for my laptop, however I'm happiest on a beach, preferably with a coconut and a surfboard.
Describe your art and how you create it?
If you follow my Instagram you will definitely notice a theme. I draw a lot of interesting and accomplished women. I explore themes of feminism and personal identity as well as hopefully celebrating and empowering women. My aesthetic is somewhere between pop art and paint by numbers. When it comes to colour I am definitely a maximalist. I plan my images on paper before adding colour and texture in the form of layers of vector shapes which I create using adobe illustrator. To me the beauty of vector images is the fact they look exactly the same at 50 foot tall as they do at 5cm, I always get a kick out of projects that require my work to be massively scaled up.
What do you want to achieve with your art?
A textile designer by education and a graphic designer by trade I love using art as a means of communication. I recently started sharing a personal project on Instagram exploring themes directly affecting the lives of millennial women. Issues such as mental health, sexuality, consent and fertility. I love that art can spark a conversation and exemplify a movement. Apologies in advance for my vague millennial response, but in terms of goals for my art i am really happy to continue down the path I'm on, graciously accepting the opportunities that come up along the way.
Were do you get inspiration from and who are your favorite artists?
I take my inspiration from the world around me. Instagram is a great resource, I use it to plan trips and figure out places to eat and I honestly don't know how I shopped for clothes before it existed. It is also a brilliant resource for contemporary creatives. Outside of social media I am a reader, a listener and an incessant talker. Conversations with friends inspire me, the snippets overheard in pubs and coffee shops and even the laughably biased opinion pieces in the daily mail all lead me to create. My self initiated pieces often enter my consciousness fully formed, on my last trip to Berlin I came back with hundreds of photographs and great swathes of scribbled notes along with a strong urge to put commercial work aside and empty the contents of my brain onto paper. On the subject of favourite artists that's a tough one. My consumption of art has always been prolific. I was definitely a strange child my family have little interest in art, my dad was a professional photographer, but his subject matter was largely boats. I remember seeing my first Titian at 12 and a childhood obsession with Tamara de Lempika. Some people google porn I prefer art. Of my contemporaries i love Sarah Beetson, Laura Callaghan and Sophie Rose Brampton to name a few. I am obsessed with art that encapsulates a cultural zeitgeist. I recently rediscovered David Hockney and his work is such a joy to me. The way he employs colour and perspective is so evocative it has the ability to stop time for just a second.
What is your plan next and what is your biggest future goal?
This year I have turned down a lot of commercial work that doesn't fit my aesthetic in order to spend time developing my own stuff. With the help of a garment technologist friend I have been experimenting with digitally printed wearables, such as swimwear and scarves, there is a lot in the pipeline for 2018. I am currently drowning in a sea of prints, make up bags and enamel pins and though I keep promising to add a shop to my website it hasn't happened yet. That is my immediate goal as it should probably happen before Xmas.
What advice would you give to any inspiring artists?
Keep drawing, have fun with it, The only thing better than a life drawing class is a life drawing class with a beardy naked hipster upstairs in your tiny local pub. Learn the basics develop your own style. Plagiarism is not a compliment and there is only 1 Andy Warhol, nobody is interested in commissioning a mimic.
Check out more of Harri's work:
Instagram - @harrigolightly
Website - www.harrigolightly.co.uk