Artists We Love: Quentin Horn

WORDS Malibongwe Tyilo

Most doodles remain outside the margins of notebooks and diaries, never to be revisited or seen by anybody other than their author. Not so for artist and freelance graphic designer Quentin Horn, who recently held an exhibition that took doodling to an art form.

After years of throwing away his old notebooks, Quentin realised that he had pages full of doodles drawn while he was on the phone, or trying to come up with design solutions for client briefs. Eventually he decided to scan one of his notebooks to see what could be done with all the doodles.

That first notebook had 200 A4 pages of little scribbles and odd-looking faces, says Quentin. “I quickly realised that there were so many different textures and densities to these individual images, and that they could be used as ‘brush strokes’ to create depth and bring definition to a bigger image.”

Those brush strokes were recently shown to the public, when he hosted an exhibition at I Love My Laundry in Cape Town’s Buitenkant Street.  “The prints are unlimited, primarily because I want my art to be affordable to everyone,” he says. Faith, an A3 print of Gandhi’s face goes for a mere R300.

The popularity of Quentin’s work is such that he is now creating bigger doodles directly onto paper for client commissions. On the addition of these one-off pieces, he says, “This has been an interesting experience, as now the doodles are more thought through and not as organic. But both versions have their place.”

His current selection of work is available for sale at three Cape Town venues: I Love My Laundry, Vamp Furniture in Woodstock, and at PRESENTspace in Lifestyle On Kloof. There’s also an online shop planned for the near future.

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