Jody Barton is a London-based illustrator and hand-drawn typographer. Most of his work is minimalistic and sketchy with some sort of sarcastic or comical phrase or slogan handwritten somewhere on it. His cynical take on important environmental issues helped him get some recognition in the art world. He studied art in London at Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. Barton has extensive experience working in animation and sound. He has a way of combining word and image that is unique and compelling. short simple phrases can go a long way – espeically when tackling topics that have been drilled so far into our heads that we almost don’t hear them anymore.

For example:

Although he doesn’t always do environmental work, Barton primarily focuses on his annoyance with the way that people don’t care about vital problems within mankind. He claims to want to use illustration to “promote conversation and debate about important issues”, and that the inspiration for his art stems from ” being annoyed with the common hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness of people.” (How hipster).

One of this most compelling pieces is about climate changes effects on people. His work illustrates a mass exodus of humans due to a change in habitat.

He offers no information about himself on his portfolio website, Facebook fanpage, or blog so I don’t have much to say about him other than his work is interesting and compelling and he’s got some great things to say.

Check him out! http://www.jodybarton.co.uk/

[Bianca Pol]

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3 responses »

  1. Charlotte Mao says:

    These are awesome! I love this style and it’s nice to see it used to get across a message and really say something about our culture. I wish I could see the climate changes effects on people piece bigger but I’ll just have to look it up. Thanks for sharing

  2. Ryan Schnee says:

    I have to be honest, I’m not really digging this guy’s art. It’s one thing to be honest and another just to spew out pure pessimism. That kind of stuff doesn’t really change things. That’s just my opinion but I don’t feel he’s accomplishing anything productive.

  3. Matt Decker says:

    Wow, these are some really powerful statements. I especially liked “either behave or do as you are told… It’s your choice.” When strong messages are related in a simple graphic way such as these are they have the potential to be really influential.

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