Today we chat to the collective known as 4 Blind Mice and they showcase some of their brilliant illustrations
Who/What is 4Blind Mice and what do you do?
4 Blind Mice is a visual arts collective that began in 2010, and focuses primarily on mixed media illustration. Everyone in the group studied together in PE at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. There are currently five of us in the group, each with our own alter-ego which features in most of our work: Christo Booth (Silverback), Monde Goniwe (Wasted), Mawande Mase (The Butcher), Andy Higgins (War Alpha), and Ryan Allan (Sanjeev).
How would you define your style or art?
Its pretty chaotic. We tend to use an intense range of colour and texture on each piece. The style tends to vary quite a lot in the group from a very rough, aggressive application of material, to a much neater approach that gives a sort of comic book feel to the work.
What inspires your work?
Everything. We’re constantly consuming visuals from all over the place, books, magazines, our environment, nights out etc. And of course each other. We’re always feeding off one another in the studio, sharing ideas, talking shit about all kinds of things.
What are you currently working on?
We have an exhibition opening at the Ron Belling Gallery on May 3rd 2013 titled A Journey Through Istanbull, so we’ve been working on a whole new body of work for that.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Draw whatever and however the hell you want.
Where can our readers follow your work?
We’re pretty active on Facebook and often put photos of our work there: www.facebook.com/4blindmice