Angus Vasili (born 1982 in York, England) is a renowned artist known for his architectural and abstract-infused silkscreen prints. He studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Liverpool John Moores University, where he honed his skills and developed a passion for process-driven work. Vasili’s unique style involves a delicate balance between the abstractions of printmaking and the monumental forms of modern and contemporary architecture.How did you get into art?
I loved drawing and doodling as a child and always enjoyed any opportunity to express my creativity. My mum was very influential in my love of art; she always encouraged me to have fun and use my imagination.
I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at university with the intention of becoming an illustrator. However, my passion for print-making and experimental style led me to become a fine artist.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
I describe my work as process-driven fuse and coalesce in a dance of visual elements, weaving in screen-printing, photography, and hand-finished texture. My practice is continually evolving, informed by the experimental, and described as “loose and intuitive.” I rely on the aleatory nature of the printing process, allowing chance accidents in analog techniques to bring about some of the most spectacular visual instances, resulting in a raw and dynamic contemporary aesthetic.
How do you go about developing your work?
I try to avoid my work feeling stagnant; I've always been hyper-conscious of that. I try and follow my intuition as much as possible while not being too conscious of outside influences and final outcomes. Leaning on the process and happy accidents allows my work to organically change direction as I react to each mark, tear, or layer.
Who or what influences you?
I'm not very well versed in artists and art history, I don't draw directly from either of Dadaism and Rauschenberg's collages. But I am sure like all the greats they seep thought. I am influenced by several graphic artists including Kate Gibb and Jimmy Turrell. I love their contemporary style and their use of bold colours and shapes seems to create such depth to their pieces.
I also find my inspiration in the subtle textures and patterns of everyday life; marks on concrete, scratches on worn metal, or graphics found on manhole covers. Stumbling upon these to use within my work, almost like a happy accident, has always felt more compelling than attempting to emulate these textures artificially.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
Keep in going with my work.Instagram