"A great numb feeling washes over me as I let go of the past and look forward to the future. Pretend to be a vampire. I don’t really need to pretend, because it’s who I am, an emotional vampire. I’ve just come to expect it. Vampires are real. That I was born this way. That I feed off of other people’s real emotions. Search for this night’s prey. Who will it be?"
by @willhudson “That ‘new magazine arrives in the studio’ feeling. Always good and this issue especially so. Great work @jdmcartwright @philipcronerud @joeburrin and @itsnicethat team!” via @InstaReposts
Mat Maitland’s contemporary surrealist derived images and films are instantly recognisable and memorable. His work is full of enthralling pop complexities referring to fashion, old 80’s and 90’s magazines, music, paintings and films. his rich textures and multi-layered compositions frequently consist of disembodied body parts or animals, pianos, clouds and brightly coloured elements combined to form enchanting and magnetic images. His approach to image-making is refreshing, with an enthralling pop flavour and a long-lasting effect.
His many years of experience also cover the disciplines of art direction and design. Currently creative director of big active design, he has created powerful and innovative music campaigns for Beck (earning him a d&ad yellow pencil), Goldfrapp, Basement jaxx, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Mark Ronson and Das pop among many others. Mat lives and works in London.
In the course of the last year, we have often featured alumni or current students of the School of Visual Arts in New York, such as Joshua Citarella, David Brandon Geeting and Molly Matalon. We can add the talented Corey Olsen to the list. His photography covers a wide genre range – landscapes, portraits, still lifes – and is characterized by a sober approach that brings out colours and patterns in every image. Realistic in subjects and clean in technique, Olsen’s work has a quiet beauty that transpires more and more as the viewer revisits each photograph.