The following article was published in N-SPHERE April 2011 issue.


Name: Christopher Conn Askew

Location: My soul is in Antarctica, my mind is in Dreamland, and my body is, at the moment, in San Francisco.

Occupation: I feel like my work is very illustrative in style, so I tend to describe myself as an illustrator, but I almost never take commissions anymore, and the only commercial work I’ll do is for book publishers, and that very rarely. I spend most of my time drawing and painting whatever I like, so perhaps painter would be a more accurate term.

Definition of personal sphere: The worlds I hold inside.

Artwork in 4 words: Martyrdom, luxury, nocturnal, mystery.

What is inspirational for you: I derive most of my inspiration from dream states (natural or induced), incessant reading and music, and from cats.

Currently favourite artists: Most of my very favorite artists have long since perished, but there are many contemporary artists whose work I adore. I’m sure that later I’ll think of all kinds of names I would add, but, off the top of my head, here goes: Maruo Suehiro, Jessica Joslin, Jared Joslin, Walton Ford, Balint Zsako, Julie Heffernan, Horoshi Hirakawa, Tor Lundvall, Fuyuku Matsui, Vania Zouravliov, Nick Blinko, Tino Rodriguez…

Tools of trade: Pencils, crowquill pens, brushes, inks and paints, heavy papers, drafting equipment, nail polish, gold leaf, cigarettes.

Current obsessions: Blind Ganges river dolphins, Spain, transcendence, printmaking, concertinas, ontology.

Personal temptation: To take up a monastic lifestyle.

Artwork: Fox


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