A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

One of my all time favourite illustrators, and someone I respect very much is Mcbess. He has many published pieces in well know magazines such as Juxtapose, Illustrated Ape, and Hi-Fructose and has now graced a profile on Wikipedia.  

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Born in Cannes July 5, 1984, he was raised in Auribeau-sur-Siagne, a small town outside of Cannes, quickly found interest in music, and studied drums for 8 years before choosing guitar as his favourite instrument. In 2002 he attended the renowned multimedia school Supinfocom in Arles. There he studied 3D animation for 4 years, and at the same time, started developing his own illustration style, at the time more colourful and less structured. During this period, he joined several famous boards of illustration over the internet such as Eatpoo and CafeSale, and started building his reputation. The nickname Mcbess was given to him during those years by a classmate, to distinct him from the other Matthieu in the class.

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After graduating from Supinfocom in 2006, Mcbess started a new series of drawing, giving life to what he describes as the "New Mcbess". With his illustration "My Desk", he defined the new codes of his future illustrations: A mix of influences including old cartoons such as Betty Boop and Merrie Melodies, often in an isometric view, himself being surrounded by surrealist elements, food, and cameos of his own instruments.

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He is very close to Rotopol Press in Kassel, Germany, who are exclusively printing his drawings, after organizing his first own exhibition in their shop in May 2008. He's also been part of exhibitions in London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Chicago. Mcbess had a solo show at Issue Galerie in 2010, and again at Sergeant Paper Art Store in Paris in 2012.

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Mcbess currently lives and works in London. His style is a mix of influences such as Fleischer Studio's old cartoons he actualizes by using contemporary shapes, symbols, and types. Mcbess's drawings often present himself at the center of a surrealist world filled with food and musical references, such as amps, guitars and records. Mcbess is also a musician in the band "The Dead Pirates."

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