Jack Taylor Interview

London-based artist and illustrator Jack Taylor has always been drawn to creative work. Having recently left his 9-5 day job to pursue freelance work, Taylor produces illustrations that feature simple lines, bright color combinations, and considered compositions.

Who are you?

Jack Taylor.

What do you do?

I am an artist/illustrator/problem solver working out of a studio in Southeast London.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in South London but moved when I was young to a small town in the south called Maidstone. It’s a complete party town so it made for an interesting place to grow up in.

It had an art school in it too, which made art really accessible to me and made me realize you can actually study art and it is a possible career option.

So I really have to say thanks to Maidstone, but I am glad to be back in South London again now.


When did you take your first big risk in life?

I think I am probably about to take it to be honest. Alongside my freelance work, I have been working a 9-5 day job for the past year and my freelance work has been building up in the past months.

So, I have decided to ditch the day job and focus solely on my work. So hire me!

Why have you persisted with the path you’re currently on?

Doing creative work was the only thing that interested me at school and the only thing I payed attention to, so it has kind of been a natural progression really.


Who is someone you’d love to work with?

Probably Saul Bass, just because he’s the man.

What are you working on now?

I’m not sure how much I can give away to be honest, but I am working on a book at the moment with one of the Riso printers, Hato Press, which is really exciting! It will be out around the end of June [2015], so you’ll have to keep your eyes out for that!


Where do you spend most of your free time?

When I’m not working in the studio, you can find me skateboarding the streets of London or at Stockwell Skatepark.

What do you think is your biggest success so far?

Probably finishing LOST, my screen-printed fold out book. It was a lot of hard work and a lot experimenting and was a huge personal success to me.

Written by Carolyn Buszynski

Carolyn is a McGill University graduate currently living and working in Toronto.