Danny Allison

A picture paints a thousand words, as the old saying goes. In the case of illustrator and artist Danny Allison, it’s possibly closer to a million. His work, commissioned for magazine covers, editorials and adverts, has a delicious undertone of satire and subversion, often incorporating social and political comment within beautifully dramatic artwork.

Boasting a staggering client list including the BBC, Yamaha, Marlboro and The Times newspaper, Allison turns his attentions to a wide variety of issues, including religion, war, technology and the environment. His strong background in photography has ensured that his compositions retain a strong sense of lucidity and substance, in an age where Allison himself claims that he has ‘recognised the absence of clarity and meaning in most modern illustration.’ Thankfully, as is so crucial to true satire, Allison never takes himself too seriously – his work tends to provide some kind of comic relief to offset the gravity of the issues he raises.

Modern popular culture has something of a fetish for sloganised subversion, with people using slogan-emblazoned t-shirts and bags to proclaim some kind of opinion about the world. Banksy, long regarded as the British posterchild of visual political comment, has had his work embraced and appropriated by the mainstream, arguably removing it of its sub-cultural kudos; thankfully, artists such as Allison are free to pick up the dropped baton.

James

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