Artist Profile: Mary Naylor

Words: LIZZY SHORT
November 23, 2013

  The eclectic illustrations of Manchester based graphic designer Mary Naylor have graced the likes of Soup Kitchen, Antwerp Mansion and the Font.  Treating Andy Warhol to a Vajazzle through her Essex spin on art pop portraiture (featuring the likes of Lauren Pope and Russell Brand), her kitschy but clever illustrations make her one of […]


 

The eclectic illustrations of Manchester based graphic designer Mary Naylor have graced the likes of Soup Kitchen, Antwerp Mansion and the Font.  Treating Andy Warhol to a Vajazzle through her Essex spin on art pop portraiture (featuring the likes of Lauren Pope and Russell Brand), her kitschy but clever illustrations make her one of the most fascinating and novel emerging artists in Manchester’s art scene.

 
Her desire to draw initially stemmed from an obsession with horses when she was a child, she recalled ‘we couldn’t afford one so I used to continuously draw them, but there are only so many horses someone can draw’. After a stint at Mancat college studying Fine Art, Mary’s interests began to shy away from equestrian doodles and she found herself drawn to Graphic Design, falling in love with the works of Egon Schiele.
 
Furthering her studies at Liverpool John Moores University, she began to, in her words, “up my interest in weed like most student bums”. Preferring to spend her time making humorous collages, she found inspiration in the work of artist Sammy Slabbinck, whose retro-nostalgic influences are still prevalent in her work today.
 
After several of her pieces went viral, (check out her ‘A Tribe Called Vest‘ tee), Mary began to pursue bigger projects and became motivated by leading a smoke free life. With an ever expanding portfolio, the versatile virtuoso is now spreading her wings into the likes of animation and visual installations, having gained experience assisting at big events such as Parklife festival and the Warehouse Project with Chair TV.
 
Quirky, relevant and talented, Mary is currently involved in being a helping hand with visuals for Maker Projects, as well as Electronic duo Suzy Alexander and Ant Hickman at Mediate music
Mary Naylor’s work can be found at www.marynaylor.com, click here to follow her on twitter.
 

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