Mark Hooley, current news, history and the birth of MNKYvision
I seem to have creative genes. I'll thank my parents for that! And for their encouragement throughout my life.
It started with our mum encouraging us to draw and paint, probably as a way to keep us busy, and it stuck. My brother and I used to draw together a lot, as soon as we got out of bed, taping A4 paper together and making continuous scenes of violent action with themes including Star Wars, Superheroes, Rocketmen, Gladiators, Wrestlers, Boxers, Warriors, Elves, Orcs, battling and dying gruesome deaths!
Our dad was in the London Symphony Orchestra, so was very busy with work, and music was also a constant in our lives.
I have always loved producing art, writing stories, making music, and generally inventing stuff.
(I don’t know if I’m clever enough to be an ‘inventor’ but I’m getting older and am gradually becoming more organised, so who knows, maybe there’s something ingenious lurking in the back of my mind.)
Unfortunately, having all of these interests has made it difficult to focus on one thing at a time. I am now trying to do just that, and I think I'm getting better at it. My years of mis-management and fidgeting between projects has come to an end and I'll finally complete some of the projects I've been 'tinkering' with!
At the moment I’m getting back to work on my Greedios book.
I started this in 2003, but on their way to visit my first solo exhibition of this work in 2004, my parents were in a car crash and my dad died. This was a tragic loss and I felt somehow responsible, due to them coming to see my exhibition in Brighton. This has been an obstacle that has prevented me from continuing with the work. I have more recently learned to overcome this and focus my energy more positively.
I hope to get this finished soon, at least the first finished version, If you’d like to support the creation of The Greedios through Kickstarter, that would be amazing - I will be creating that very soon - watch this space!
One of the many things that has helped me move forwards with this, is the recent work I've done for writer, Matt Stapleton, who has commissioned me to illustrate his story 'Die Hard of The Dead' !
Writing is his passion and he has just released his first issue - with Issue Two imminent - we hope there will be many more to come!
You can buy it from his website - What If Stories.
Having this comic in my sweaty palms is very satisfying and is a reminder not to procrastinate.
A couple of years ago I wrote and illustrated a little comic, trying to work out why it's taken me so long and why I struggle with making art, and specifically comics. It seems many creative people have these issues! You can read the comic here.
Perfectionism is another of the various obstacles that prevents me from finishing work -
I saw this video on instagram - which is also a real help!
Hopefully when the Greedios has been printed, I will feel like my mind is clearer to create some other art. I’d love to get back to creating more portraits, so I've started practicing some roughs, updates to follow in the Blog. Perhaps some more birds and beautiful things - it might make a nice change from Zombies!
I have an idea of the style I’d like to adopt, but I think I will need to experiment for a little while.
I will no doubt add progress to my instagram feed.
Please follow me there if you’d like to stay updated with my artwork.
I have also been writing more story outlines for MagnetBoy. I’m planning to continue with the artwork ASAP!
I have a collaborative project coming up in February, up in Yorkshire, more on that soon.
Thanks for checking the website. I’m hoping I’ll have time to create more ‘brand’ items soon…
if you’d like to support me as a Patron of the Arts, you can donate as little as $1 per month via Patreon, (that's much less than a cup of coffee or a drink of booze) where you can see the ‘behind the scenes’ roughs and happenings of how I go about making my work, and get special offers on artwork and prints for sale.
The name MNKY was a name I used as a DJ. I love pseudonyms and alternative identities. Sometimes I like a certain level of anonymity.
I began with DJ gogglez, then later became MonkeyBoy, (for a variety of reasons) which shortened to MNKY and if I did graffiti and street art, I would use this as my tag (but I mostly preferred the comfort of my sketchbook at home). I also started some screen prints under the guise of Miss Reg, which was more design based, stolen photographs, recreated, which I enjoy making, but it's not really my goal, artistically.
I chose the name MNKYvision for my website, partly because my brother Ben had a site called BenoVision, and partly to my spectacles, my love for spectacles and gogglez affiliation. Everything on here comes from my imagination and the word vision is a great indicator of this!
I've always wanted to combine the joys of art, music, clubbing, film, stories and creativity into my work. I believe we can create a better world through creativity... I haven't worked out how yet - but I remain positive!
A few other bulletpoint bits of info:
I graduated with a BA Degree in Illustration in 1998 from Brighton University of Art
and have since been working as a Fine Artist, Illustrator, Painter, Screen-Printer, Designer, Graffiti Artist, Mural Artist, Cartoonist, Workshop Leader, Delivery Manager and Interior Decorator.
Other interests over the years, have involved
being the founder member and DJ for the gogglez collective,
a driving force for both Aerosolik Records and B.R.A.G. Collective,
and a Radio Show Producer and Presenter on Radio Reverb.
I have worked with Strong & Co and What & Sons,
and as a Screen Printer at Another Fine Mesh.
I am also a devoted husband and dad, living in Brighton & Hove, in the south of the UK.