Ian Wright has never come across a beaded necklace, box of crayons, or paint sample he couldn’t transform into a mind-blowing and completely unexpected piece of art. [Or for that matter, a pile of mascara brushes, buttons, pencils.…] To get a sense of his talent for using usual objects in most unusual ways, look to his “Peace Bear” installation, a giant wall piece created from 1,086 pin badges for Issey Miyake’s New York City store, or his music-centric collection of beaded portraits that feature renderings of artists such as REM, Chuck D, and Bob Marley. Displaying a knack for integrating his passion for music seamlessly into his art career, the London-based illustrator has designed album covers for the likes of Depeche Mode, Pete Townshend, and Ian Brown. He has also done unique illustration work [read: Grandmaster Flash formed out of salt…that’s right, “White Lines”] for a variety of publications such as the NME, The Face, and BlackBook.
For A Nice Set, Wright created a pair of slipmats that serve as a loving celebration of the late, great radio legend John Peel, who influenced the artist’s listening habits from a young age. Using buttons bearing band names and terms drawn from the DJ’s career, they are an appropriate tribute from a man whose first job as an artist was creating the illustrated cover of The Undertones’ seminal 7" single, “Teenage Kicks,” a tune which was widely known to have been John Peel’s favorite song.