A cut and paste job

Dan Hil­lier’s col­lages are be­ing used to help pro­mote the win­ter sea­son at Shake­speare’s Globe Theatre

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When it comes to cre­at­ing art for a sub­ject as well known as Wil­liam Shake­speare, it can be dif­fi­cult to find an orig­i­nal an­gle. So it seems fit­ting that the im­agery for the Globe Theatre’s Won­der Noir win­ter sea­son will in­stead rely on al­ready ex­ist­ing work by Dan Hil­lier.

Hav­ing been spot­ted by artis­tic di­rec­tor Emma Rice in a Bris­tol gallery, it wasn’t long be­fore she was work­ing with Dan to pick out pieces of his art that were best suited to the Shake­spearean plays.

“Emma’s guid­ing word for the sea­son is ‘Won­der’, and this is some­thing that I con­sciously try to evoke in my pic­tures too,” says Dan. “And when she got in touch it just seemed like an ex­cel­lent mar­riage of minds.”

Start­ing out with ma­te­rial sourced from old mag­a­zines and an­tique books, Dan builds up his art­work by scan­ning in cer­tain de­tails and lay­er­ing them up in Pho­to­shop. “It feels like an equal mix of di­rect­ing the work my­self and be­ing led by the process, of­ten find­ing nice sur­prises lurk­ing be­neath lay­ers that have been placed some time ago,” he re­veals.

Emma also tasked Dan with cre­at­ing a new piece with a non-white pro­tag­o­nist. “My work is pre­dom­i­nantly made by col­lag­ing ele­ments of wood­cuts and en­grav­ings from the 1800s, mean­ing it’s ac­tu­ally quite hard to find de­cent de­pic­tions of non-white peo­ple from that time that aren’t racially stereo­typ­i­cal or com­i­cal and that fit with the style I work in” says Dan. “So it was good to go look­ing specif­i­cally for more di­verse im­agery.”

Book­ings for the Win­ter Noir sea­son are open now and will run un­til the start of 2017. For more in­for­ma­tion visit

www.shake­spear­es­globe.com. To see more of Dan’s art visit www.dan­hillier.com.

Each im­age springs out of “the feel­ing of be­ing a tiny hu­man part of na­ture,” says Dan.

Dan has been in­spired by how el­e­men­tal, in­clu­sive and en­ter­tain­ing the pro­duc­tions have been.

Pub­li­ca­tions such as the Il­lus­trated Lon­don News, Graphic Mag­a­zine, and The Bri­tish Work­man Mag­a­zine are used in Dan’s col­lages.

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