Julian Hanford

Hackney, GB
Joined Jun 2015

I am a contemporary artist who has been practicing creatively throughout a long and distinguished career as an award-winning Creative Director in British advertising.

I left the world of commercial advertising creativity to concentrate, firstly, on conceptual photography, and have since moved into utilising my talent for ideas and visual communications to forge a meaningful body of fine art.

My practice involves combinations of different media, with a bias towards photography, but embracing the imaginative contemporary use of image manipulation.

My influences include the surrealists, Man Ray and Rene Magritte in particular, Gilbert Garcin, Pop artists such as Jeff Koons & Andy Warhol, and modern ironicists including David Shrigley and Matt Collishaw.

My recent photographic projects include a surreal portrait series exploring the personalities and motivations of notable creative people working at the sharp end of the British Advertising industry for the last 50 years, entitled Assorted Nuts, part of which was exhibited to acclaim at the 50th Anniversary awards show of the Designers & Art Directors Association (D&AD) in September 2012. The finished series is scheduled to be exhibited and published in book form in 2016.

My fine art works seek to explore the relationships and mysteries of humankind's changing relationship with, and understanding of, the universe in which we exist, and the illusions and self-delusions we have so far traditionally held to be true.

I am looking to work with music artistes who have a desire to use breakthrough conceptual imagery to support their musical works. I will also consider the use of some of my existing creastions to illustrate music campaigns.

  • Creative Direction
  • Art Direction
  • Creative Strategy
  • Photography
  • Visual Image Development
  • Art Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Typography