Ryde-based graphic designer Cat James opens her exhibition at the Quay Arts’ Clayden Gallery on 12th January, viewing daily until 26th January 2019 with free entry.
Although you may not realise it, you’re probably already familiar with the work of this designer – it may have been driven past you on the back on a bus! Cat works for clients across the Island and beyond through her own company Pinkeye Graphics. Her work is visible on hundreds of shops and businesses, signboards and posters.
She also works as a graphic designer for the Isle of Wight Council, helping to publicise the authority’s diverse services on leaflets, forms, adverts and even vehicles; from leisure activities to recycling, social care functions to the floating bridge. If you live on the Isle of Wight there’s a good chance some of her work is in your home right now.
Cat trained at the Portsmouth College of Art and Design and the Isle of Wight College. She has lived on the Island for some 28 years now.
Cat’s printed work usually has a deliberately short shelf-life; and most of her artwork is free to see. Works on display at the exhibition are mostly commercial pieces from Cat’s career as a graphic designer, as well as sketch books containing initial ideas.
Speaking about the upcoming exhibition, Cat says:
“Art galleries are often reserved for the fine arts; cerebral works with big price tags. Most of my work is free to see and is designed to be recycled or even thrown away. I am actually paid to do this – I make my living creating graphic art every day, and you can see my work in almost every part of the Isle of Wight.”
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Featured in the show will be images of shop fronts from prominent local businesses, reproductions of bus graphics, leaflets, maps, cards, invitations, posters and much more. Cat will also be revealing a stunning work created especially for this exhibition.