Devon-based contemporary artist, Carl Cashman, is one of our newest collaborators. Cashman’s signature style is defined by strikingly colourful, abstract work, exploring pattern, form and space.
Cashman works with a range of media, from paint to print, and a range of surfaces from canvases and paper to street walls, creating works of art which challenge how we perceive colour and form, producing optical illusions and seemingly animated linear patterns.
Play (left) & Jam Hot (right), Carl Cashman
While Cashman’s practice involves a precise and measured approach in order to achieve a clean finish and neatly defined forms, it also retains a sense of fun and playfulness. His use of bright, acidic colours is a constant, as are experimental applications of spray paint and UV reactive paint which add to the visual effects Cashman’s work creates. Bold graphics, statement phrases and words and smiley faces are also regularly implemented, evoking a Pop Art feel.
House full of bees (left) & The strongest mint in the world (right), Carl Cashman
Cashman explains “my ideas tend to just come from a doodle – everything of mine is hand drawn – I think draughtsmanship is a skill on its own to be appreciated and I think computers have taken a lot of the effort away from creating works of art” – this preference for making art without digital technology is reflected in Cashman’s stunning work – each geometric pattern involves tentatively planning the arrangement of individual forms and painting each component by hand.
Clockwise from top left: Edward Scissor Hands in a Pirate Outfit, Edward Scissor Hands in a Pirate Outfit #2, Delusions of Relevance, The World's Grooviest Beehive, Carl Cashman
In addition to Cashman’s work on paper and canvas, his practice extends to the outside world too, working on many street art projects as well as a collaborative mural with Ben Slow. This exciting project formed part of the Moniker Art Fair 2014 and was situated at the Old Truman Brewery, East London. The painting combines Slow’s expressive portraiture and Cashman’s vivid geometric style, coming together to produce a truly spectacular mural that celebrates this fusion of artistic talent.
Credits from left: Hooked Blog (Collaborative Mural by Carl Cashman and Ben Slow), Myriam Preston (Mural by Carl Cashman), Carl Cashman (One Shutter of a 12x3m Mural by Carl Cashman)
Cashman’s influences are far-ranging and include M. C. Escher’s tessellating patterns and spatial exploration, Bridget Riley’s dizzying optical illusions, Banksy’s infamous street art and Todd James’ vibrant paintings and street murals. The work of each of these artists feeds into the Cashman’s practice and inspires new artistic ideas.
Clockwise from top left: Bridget Riley, M. C. Escher, Banksy, Todd James
Here at Syndicut, we were instantly drawn to Cashman’s bold colours and dynamic, eye-catching designs after discovering his work on Instagram. After our recent collaboration, we are pleased to launch our signature Syndicut swim shorts in Cashman’s suitably summery A Pottery Gorilla design, as shown below.