Rennie Pilgrem is perhaps best known as a DJ, producer and label boss, many people my age will have traipsed to fields to dance at illegal raves organised or played by him. He claims much of his art comes from photos he has taken on his travels and tours, giving the memories a new life.
Pilgrem's illustrations stem from very simple lines, he is able to build landscapes and scenes in 2 or 3 colours which have depth and movement. His works are also comic and clever, a fish emerging from a herringbone pattern, a mongrel appearing from houndstooth print. The print which drew my attention first was Rowing Coach on Holiday (1st in the series above) it is so simple yet incredibly detailed and it made me smile.
There is a natural quality to Pilgrem's work, many of the prints incorporate a wood grain. His works feel authentic. He describes himself as a 'post digital' freestyle artist and I understand that tag, though he creates prints, photos videos and paintings his images feel warm, like the difference between vinyl and a cd, there are crackles and pops which add life to the images.
Maybe it is because I live close to water, that I had to buy a copy of Rowing Coach, but it made me smile. Art should move you in some way, whether positive or negative, the worst thing it can be is ordinary.
I loved the simplicity of the illustration, the beautifully realised reflections and the humour, I am sure it will continue to make me smile.