Carl Stimpson blends carefully painted portraits of icons from the worlds of music
and film with cartoon techniques and imagery, and classic but obscure advertising
logos. So far, so pop-art, but where his work diverges is in his treatment of this classic
material - his use of the ‘ligne-claire’ technique, the imposition and projection of his
mashups onto suburban and urban walls as fictional murals, a slight twist in some
of the lovingly painted portraits.
Having trained initially as a painter - he studied Fine Art at The Arts Institute of
Bournemouth (now Arts University College Bournemouth) - the recent addition of
screenprinting to his painting techniques has allowed Stimpson to introduce an element
of mass-production to his work, producing beautifully varied editions where the
flatness of a screenprinted black ink layer contrasts with softer hand-painted elements.