Best known as the creator of both the cult comic book antiheroine Tank Girl and Gorillaz, the most successful virtual band ever, artist and designer Jamie Hewlett has undoubtedly forged a distinctive visual style over the past few decades, while also securing a unique place in British pop culture with his sly wit, mischief and irreverence.
The 1980's saw his commercial breakthrough with the arrival of Tank Girl, the tough, take no prisoners character he created for Deadline Magazine. But it was with the conception of Gorillaz in 2000 - co-created with Damon Albarn after a dearth of good music videos on MTV - that saw Hewlett's star rise meteorically, with the band going on to sell millions of records and win a slew of awards worldwide, including the Design Museum's Designer of the Year Award in 2006. The release of "Humanz", Gorillaz' first album since 2010, in April once again showcased a dramatic expansion of vision, with Hewlett scoring the most successful debut in YouTube VR history with the 360° six-minute animated film "Saturnz Bars (Spirit House)", and enjoying another ground-breaking first when 2D and Murdoc joined Mistajam for their first ever real time interview, streamed live from London to fans around the world.
Recent projects include Monkey: Journey to the West, a Chinese opera designed by Hewlett and composed by Damon Albarn; and BAFTA award winning titles for the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2015, Hewlett also held his first solo art exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, where he exhibited three brand new bodies of work - "Tarot", "Honey" and "Pines" - in tandem, showcasing a completely different side to his talents. "I am simply moving forward and doing what feels right," Jamie says of his new projects. "Each project you embark on deserves a different approach and discipline." A monograph of Hewlett's life's work so far was published by Taschen in 2017.
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