Ex-chaucer pupil’s life in art and pop

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Bridge Place -

A for­mer Can­ter­bury stu­dent has be­come a lead­ing graphic artist now col­lab­o­rat­ing with one of the big­gest brands in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Jody Barton, 45, grew up in the city and went to the for­mer Ge­of­frey Chaucer School and then the Kent In­sti­tute of Art and De­sign, where he honed his tal­ents be­fore fur­ther­ing his ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer in Lon­don.

His lat­est work, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Sony Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, is in­spired by his own love of mu­sic, hav­ing played in bands lo­cally for many years.

Now he has contributed to a new pro­ject called It’s Pop, It’s Art and pro­duced a col­lec­tion of three lim­ited edi­tion posters and prints.

They fea­ture some of his favourite band lyrics, in­clud­ing those from Su­per Freak by Rick James, Ace of Spades by Mo­tor­head and What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.

Jody has al­ready col­lab­o­rated with Florence and the Ma­chine, Beck, Phoenix, Stussy, New York Times, MTV, Plays­ta­tion and Green­peace.

Now based in Copen­hagen, he said: “I moved away from Can- ter­bury to Lon­don in around 1996 and went to the Royal Col­lege of Art. Like so many peo­ple, I knew that I just wanted to draw pic­tures as my job.

“But through a com­bi­na­tion of ex­tremely dogged be­hav­iour and poverty, I’ve man­aged to fi­nally get there and can, most years, pay the bills.”

Visit www.it­spopit­sart.com.

Graphic artist and de­signer Jody Barton and one of his posters for It’s Pop, It’s Art

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