Anthony BurrillI LIke It. What Is It?
An exhibition at KK Outlet celebrating the launch of Anthony Burrill’s new book of the same name.
Sometimes the world of graphic art can start to look like the background in Scooby Doo – the same thing on repeat which after a while starts to blend into one.
Then there’s the instantly recognizable and iconic work of Anthony Burrill.
His use of classic letterpress typefaces and devastatingly simple slogans creates work that is exquisitely crafted, profound and playful at the same time. The title of his 2012 project with Mesa & Cadeira “How to say the most with the least.” beautifully sums up his approach to work.
For the first time a selection of his best-known works have been repurposed exclusively for a new book of posters on heavyweight art paper and a sticker sheet in special inks. On the back of each poster is a description of the project and comments on Burrill’s work from key collaborators.
An exhibition showcasing work from the book will run throughout November at KK Outlet.
For someone with such ubiquitous influence, you might expect an inflated ego, however Burrill lives by his own mantra, he works hard and he’s a nice guy. Proof that you don’t have to be a d*ckhead to get ahead in this world.
Anthony Burrill was born in Lancashire and studied Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic University. Following an MA at the Royal College of Art, London, he has created pieces for clients including Wallpaper*, The Economist and The Design Museum. His work is held in the permanent collections of the V&A Museum in London and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
‘Burrill is a great designer because he makes you notice and appreciate truths that would otherwise remain dead and inert. His work has such resonance because it’s so true: we should all work hard and be nice.’
Alain de Botton