I am a London-based illustrator and artist: obsessed with the quirks and shapes of architecture, people, and everyday objects.
I create bold, hand-drawn work full of detail and character. Be they of city skylines, streets full of pedestrians or an illustration about the threat of cyber crime, my images are loose and graphic in style.
After studying fine art at university, I worked for the BBC for 13 years as a photo editor, stills shoot producer/director. A desire to pick up the pen/brush/pixel and be more hands on prompted a career change to create imagery for others and a return to producing my own work.
Commissions include illustrations for charities, two large sculptures for the TFL bus trails in London, covers for local news publications, and branding illustrations for the music industry. Prints and other products featuring my designs are sold through various outlets, including my own online store.
I take as much inspiration from a trip on a stuffy bus, as I do from a windy walk along a river. From Victorian brickwork and noisy markets to silent museums and sticky poundshops - all will have something that will catch my eye and give me an idea or three.
Matt Bannister (September 2018)
2017 - Featured Artist - (solo), Studio Upstairs, Croydon
2017 - Wild and Civilised - (group), The Space at Cass Art, London
2016 - Bad Behaviour Open 2016 - (group), Brixton East 1871, London
2016 - Solo exhibition, The Brook, Wallington, Surrey.
2016 - Rounded Corners - (solo), Cafe Adagio, Croydon.
2015 - Year of The Bus Sculpture Trail - (group), Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
2014 - Open House London - (group), Crystal Palace Bowl, London.
2013 - James Balston & Matt Bannister - (joint), Crystal Palace Station, London.
2013 - Londonist Underground - (group), Bishopsgate Institute, London.