Rikki Hewitt is an Artist & Illustrator based in Bristol, UK.
Much of Rikki’s practice aims to document and interpret topography and psychogeography through painting, drawing and printmaking. Graphic icons and motifs inspired by our natural and urbanised environments are integral to his image making.
Shapes and patterns feature heavily in Rikki’s work. Brick walls, waves, flowers, rock formations, industrial equipment and religious iconography amongst other themes reoccur in different contexts throughout. His visual language swings between abstraction and graphic compositions and often pattern-rich aesthetics synonymous with European Folk Art.
As a keen sketchbook-keeper his work tends to manifest from travel sketches and inconsequential drawings into collages and digital manipulations of pen and brush work. His process relies on building pictures organically. Developing shapes on paper, acetate or fabric allows imagery to be overlapped, overdrawn, scratched, erased or cut out. Themes and arcing ideas often present themselves through improvisation. Finished works tend to be the result of composing fragments piece-by-piece until a message is appropriately conveyed through a graphic composition.
His work has been featured in exhibitions in both London and Bristol. He has been the finalist in international illustration competitions, has been featured in digital arts magazines and has had his work featured on a limited edition record sleeve for Primal Scream. He is also affiliated with Bristol based store The DIY Supermarket and London based online creative platform DROOL.
Exhibitions / Accolades
Selected for Secret 7" Record Sleeve Exhibition 2018
Finalist of the 2012 AOI / Serco Illustration Prize
Featured in Digital Arts Magazine
2018 DIY Supermarket Pop Up
2018 Secret 7's Exhibtion, London
2017 West Side Gallery, Bristol
2012 AOI Illustration Prize, London Transport Museum
2012 D&AD New Blood, London
2012 Identity, Ambika P3, London
2011 Chicken or Man, Brick Lane Gallery, London
2010 Cuts, Studio 54, London