SIMON BLAKE IS A GRAPHIC ARTIST & MIXED-MEDIA FILMMAKER.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
My career has taken a series of diversions and paths over the past 25 years. I studied graphic design, illustration and mixed-media film in England. I went onto to teach children 35mm 'scratch' animation, created film titles for numerous Hollywood and British screen feature films. After working with brilliant film title designer Richard Morrison and a brief stint at the BBC working with noted motion designer Antony Buonomo on 'Comic Relief' and several other tv shows, I was lucky enough to work with the amazing mixed-media directors Osbert Parker and Charlie Watson in London and Los Angeles. This was followed by a 10 year tenure with Lisa Mehling, Alison Amon and Steve Wax at NYC/LA based production company Chelsea Pictures directing commercials and mixed media projects for many Fortune 500 companies. My commercial clients included Microsoft, Nestlé, Hewlett Packard, AT&T, American Cancer Society, Chase Bank, United Airlines, Jazz and Heritage Festival, Energy, Burger King, Audubon Zoo, Charles Schwab, Maine State Lottery, Heineken, Intel, Hershey, Barnes and Noble, Disney, Crayola, Pepperidge Farm, CenturyLink, New York Lottery, Levi's and Coca-Cola. My work has been shown at Sundance, Cartoons on the Bay, Amalfi, Italy and has garnered two AICP awards and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and has been shown throughout the world. My other life has included working numerous jobs on farms as a soil sampler for a fertilizer company, perfecting the art of cooking roast chicken, car auto detailing and singing professionally as a counter tenor in England at the The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and in several cathedral choirs including The choir of St Albans Abbey under the auspicious direction of Dr. Barry Rose. Since then my work has diversified into graphic design, branding and collage work. My work is in private collections including the USA, Australia and Europe. For over 35 plus years I have created collage work and graphic art.
© Simon Blake 2018