“As for my process, it all starts with collecting materials then cutting them up, pairing them with other cut up bits and sticking them down. It’s nothing ground-breaking, but it keeps me happy.”
INTRO: Anthony Zinonos is a collage illustrator based in the United Kingdom. Widely exhibited and featured in numerous publications, his work is powerful and edgy, with a strong sense of playfulness. He has a distinct point of view and a consistent voice across all media. I first came across his work in the stunning pages of Danielle Krysa's Creative Block. Anthony combines shapes, images, colors and ideas in a way that intrigues us and causes us to wonder how they were ever apart.
Anthony and his wife share an art studio with each other and their two pugs. “I have the messier side with all the old books and magazines piled high. My wife is also an illustrator, and it’s great to have somebody around who can give you honest feedback and bounce ideas off of.”
As a freelancer, Anthony experiences the pros and cons of working from home. “Every morning, I walk the dogs and go for a coffee before getting into the studio. Working from home can be tricky so at least this way I get out, get some fresh air and see/speak to some people before getting into the studio and starting work.”
He enjoys life in the UK, minus the cold and the rain. For a change of scenery, he enjoys running and traveling. He finds that a change of environment provides new perspectives. In our early exchanges, I expressed envy that he lives and works in the UK. His response was, “Funny that you're jealous that I live in the UK because I'm jealous that you live in America. The grass always seems greener on the other side.”
In his own words, inspiration and creativity is at its best, “...when I’ve got an exciting project to work on and everything just seems to be working freely and well together.” He’s made an effort to create a routine around structure, but he finds that a balance between structure and inspiration works best.
Like many contemporary artists, Anthony finds the ease of digital communication and accessibility of resources extremely beneficial. “I get to communicate with and build friendships with other like minded people around the world. I also have the opportunity to travel and experience new places and different ways of living.”
“I’m pretty awful at describing my work. I’d rather just show it to people and let them interpret it. As for my process, it all starts with collecting materials then cutting them up, pairing them with other cut up bits and sticking them down. It’s nothing ground-breaking, but it keeps me happy.”
MIXED MEDIA: For studio music, Anthony recommends this awesomely fun playlist of jams. For a really interesting read, he recommends The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. According to the Amazon description, "The Shallows is not a manifesto for luddites, nor does it seek to turn back the clock. Rather it is a revelatory reminder of how far the Internet has become enmeshed in our daily existence and is affecting the way we think. This landmark book compels us all to look anew at our dependence on this all-pervasive technology."
Click through the gallery below for more samples of Anthony's work: