With many years of expirience as an Art Director and even running his own design agency in the past, artist Adam Cockerton became one of five people to be selected by Cadillac for the "LETTERS TO ANDY WARHOL" exhibit. As a big fan of Warhol at a young age, Cockerton spent many hours in an art studio figuring out how Andy Warhol created his paintings. With this past inspiration and insight, Cockerton created the art piece that made him a Selected Artist for Cadillac. This summer, Talenthouse partnered with Cadillac to launch a Creative Invite and give artists in Europe the opportunity to create artwork inspired by Andy Warhol and Cadillac. As a Selected Artist, Cockerton got to fly to Munich, attend the "LETTERS TO ANDY WARHOL" exhibit that featured his work, and even exhibit his work at the Cadillac House in Munich. Check out this exclusive interview with Adam Cockerton and the pictures of his work featured at the Munich exhibit event.
TH: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What do you do?
AC: I’m an Art Director, mostly in the film industry, but in the past I’ve ran my own design agency.
TH: What inspired your design for the Cadillac Creative Invite?
AC: I was hugely influenced by Warhol when I was studying art, he was my creative inspiration for a long time. I think when you’re studying, you aspire to a certain style and was captivated by Warhol. I dropped out of every subject except art and would passionately spend 12 hour days in the art studio trying to work out how Warhol created his work. This was a time before computers were used as a design tool. I hope that my piece captured the spirit of Warhol.
TH: How was the “Letters To Andy Warhol” Exhibition event?
AC: The exhibition fantastic, so many things I’d not seen before. It provided a great insight into the behind the scenes world of Warhol and how he worked commercially as well as his own artwork.
TH: What 5 words would you use to describe Cadillac?
AC: Luxurious. Sublime. Unparalleled. Valued. Smooth.
TH: Do you have any favorite artist that has inspired you?
AC: I’m a huge fan of illustrated movie posters at the moment. I’ve been lucky enough to commission Ken Taylor, Francesco Francavilla and Kevin Tong as part of the Legendary Art series. I have a lot of respect for them and how they have developed their own style in the same genre.
TH: What did you do when you found out you were chosen as the Selected Artist?
AC: Honestly it was very humbling, given the 700+ entries, some of which were really amazing.
TH: Do you have any other projects you are currently working on or planning on doing?
AC: Always. I think it’s really important for designers to have their own projects outside of the day-to-day creative work in the studio. It feels good to be designing for yourself. In my spare time, after the children have gone to bed I will stay up late, sketching, working on a print or improving my techiques. I’ve got an exhibition in the planning stage for a personal project, I hope to have completed by the end of the year.
TH: If you could have an hour to talk with anyone from the past, who would that be? Why?
AC: My 16 year-old self. I would tell him to keep drawing, keep going, and believe that it’s possible to have a good career in art and design. To keep working on all of those painting and creative skills every day. There have been many times in the past where it has felt impossible to get to where I am now and a bit of assurance and mentorship would have meant a lot.