WIA2017 Site Specific Professional Category Winner
Jonny Glover is an illustrator and animator from London.
Jonny's style is singular and instantly recognisable. His idiosyncratic characters and sense of humour allow him to open up complex subjects with a light hearted touch.
Clients include; The Barbican, The FT, The Wellcome Trust, The NHS The UN, and Havas,
Jonny combines drawing and digital media to form strong graphic compositions with atmospheric colour. He cites the likes of Steinberg, Savignac, Gorey and Searle amongst his influences as well as the work of many of his contemporaries.
Project Title: Newham Centre For Mental Health Mural
Commissioned by East London NHS Foundation Trust for Newham Centre for Mental Health
About the Project:
The mural was commissioned by the NHS (East London Foundation Trust) for the Mental Health Centre in Newham. It was designed and created with the help of local NHS users, carers, and volunteers. It’s a vision of quality improvement on the Greenway, a raised footpath and cycleway that cuts right through the heart of urban Newham.
The purpose of the mural was to encourage people to get involved in quality improvement initiatives at the Centre. It had to depict the systematic method and steps involved in an improvement project whilst also being a simple uplifting image that was sensitive to its setting.
Most ideas developed over a series of meetings with the NHS staff and a group of brilliant local volunteers. The trust is exemplary at involving local service users in all their improvement projects and they became a really valuable part of the design process.
Inks and acrylic paints. The wall is in the hospital canteen so it was important they were non-toxic.
A lot of time was spent on the design part of the process and in distilling all the concepts and ideas down into something singular.
We arrived at the idea of showing the Greenway early on. It’s a unique bit of Newham – a long raised footpath and cycleway with trees and peaceful views that passes right through the urban landscape.
My studio happens to be at the other end of it to the Mental Health Centre so a lot of sketches took place on my cycle to and from work. Tests of the paints and colours were made in the studio. Once the design was approved I painted it directly onto the wall from a squared up sketch.
Access to the space was very restricted so I had to do much of the work in evenings and weekends.
Having a lot of people involved in the design was unusual but great, and I think it’s led to an image that better represents the brief.
I had a number of animation commissions running at the same time. It felt good to be able to take a break from my desk and go and paint on a large wall
The job took place over 3 months,
14 pots of paint,
10 volunteers, 4 staff
. The wall was 26ft
I'm really pleased with how it turned out. We had a day where some of the local volunteers came to do some painting which was great fun so if I did it again I'd try and do more of that.
Share jobs if you can’t do them, try not to work for free even when starting out, and remember to take time off.