About the artist

A surreal collage of a lion in an astronaut's helmet by featured artist, SLip

SLip is a digital artist from France, working primarily with surreal collage. SLip’s work focusses on social commentary and is greatly influenced by the Retro-futurist art movement of the 1930s and also by Brutalist architecture. His work has been featured in many exhibitions and as collaborative work in magazines.

How did you first get into digital art?

It all began with computer studies when I started university. I was working with friends in a band and we had to make visual stuff associated with the music. I already had a background in art, so I began to work on the images.

Why did you choose digital art as your medium?

I didn’t really choose it; I was already working every minute of my day on a computer, so it was the easiest way to produce my art.

What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?

I really like the Retrofuturist style, especially the Italian and Russian artists of the 1930s. I also love the painting of El Lissitzky and Brutalist architecture.

What inspires you?

I find my inspiration in many places. This could be an abandoned monument, a colour in the street or even a title or picture in an article. Very often ideas will be started by watching a movie, listening to a piece of music or seeing a picture that sparks a story in my brain.

Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?

My favourite picture is probably my Leon artwork. It was one of the first things I made and many people liked it. It’s still one of my most popular pieces.

Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?

I would probably pick: weird, retro and historical.

Name three artists who inspire you.

Graphic designer and artist Peter Saville.
Digital collage artist Julien Pacaud
My friend BEnn.

How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?

I have improved in two ways: I am much better technically than when I first started. This also means I know what I am able to achieve with my images.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?

Keep doing your art and make sure people know you made it.

And finally, what devices/equipment do you use to create your art?

I only use a computer and a mouse. Without them, I can’t do anything!

Where to find SLip’s work online


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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and insights with us, SLip!