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100% Organic ring spun cotton screen printed t-shirts, featuring images of brutalist architecture by artist Richard Kaye
Richard Kaye – Artist and Printmaker
Richard was born in Coventry, later moving to Lyme Regis where he lived before going to Bournemouth to study art. Focusing on fine art.
Richard has always loved making art of some kind, whether it be a simple drawing of whatever might be in front of him, or a complex print.
Recently he has been fixated with printmaking and painting in particular, often focusing on somewhat unexpected subject matter. Recent series of prints include scaffolding, telegraph poles, cranes and communications masts. With his focus largely being on creating a bold and satisfying composition. His works often include angular and industrial subject matter. He loves these subjects as they are often ignored and yet offer up so many great compositional opportunities.
His most recent 2019 work focuses on Brutalist architecture. The composition is crucial to Richard and he ensures the images are both striking and bold. Once screen printed he hand tints each print using watercolour. Therefore although each print is part of an edition, it’s also a one off.
Seeing these prints finished made Richard think that they would make real sense as images for a street-wear brand. As they were just so bold, striking, modern and hard edged. So he decided to start the brand 2_Brutal. The name relates to the brutalist architecture he has become so obsessed by. The first 2 designs are now for sale in selected stores. His eye for quality made him search for what he considers to be the best quality heavy twill organic cotton t-shirt, with ethic credentials. Even the ink aligns to these beliefs that fashion, should be sustainable and long term.
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