Carl Knapper

Wall muralist/Illustrator Leeds

Entwining realities through an ink soaked lens. Let’s start creating!

“Always easily distracted, and easily led” was the general comment found on my teachers school report card. In short, I was an annoying little pr@*k at school. Except for one hour a week.

Art Class was my release valve. It let my mind wonder and I found myself telling visual stories as a way of communicating thoughts. My art was soon getting recognised by my art teacher and others, which spurred me on.

I went to art college and, after graduating, became an advertising art director in London. I was getting paid for creating ideas through visual storytelling. More importantly, I was doing something I loved. No wonder I stayed for so long.

Today, I create art installations (usually murals) and canvas art. They are all about escapism and the freedom to explore. I love creating something out of nothing.

My canvases bring two different realities together, combining themes that are worlds apart. Yet, when interlinked, they deliver a unique narrative. This synthesis of opposing ideas can reflect my feelings, my reaction to a specific object, what’s happening to me in the moment or what’s going on in the wider world.

I work in crosshatch using acrylic pens. This gives me meticulous control of the detail, whether it’s drawing the feathers of a bird or the reflection off a metallic surface. I tend to work in black & white, though adding a limited colour palette sometimes helps enhance a key part of the story. White backgrounds are a feature for my style, enabling me to focus on the subject matter without distractions.

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