From the legendaryTank Girlto live-action animations withGorillaz, a Chinese contemporary opera to an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, artistJamie Hewlett is one of the most energetic figures of contemporary pop culture.
With influences ranging from hip hop to zombie slasher movies, Hewlett emerged in the mid-1990s as co-creator of the zeitgeist-definingTank Girlcomic. With then-roommate Damon Albarn, he went on to create theunique cartoon band Gorillaz, a virtual pop group of animated characters, who have recorded five albums and mounted breathtaking live spectacles.
Since then, Hewlett has continued to collaborate with Albarn on projects including an elaborate staging of the Chinese novelMonkey: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, complete with circus acrobats, Shaolin monks, and Chinese singers. In 2006, he was named“Designer of the Year” by the Design Museum in London, and in 2009, Hewlett and Albarn won aBAFTA for their animated Monkey sequence for the Beijing Olympic Games. More recently,The Suggestionists, an exhibition of prints at theSaatchi Gallery in London, demonstrated an exciting new direction in Hewlett’s practice.
This TASCHEN edition, Hewlett’s first major monograph, illustrates his thrilling creative journey with more than400 artworks from the Tank Girlera through Gorillaz and up to the present day. Through stories, characters, strips, and sketches, we trace Hewlett’s exceptional capacity for invention and celebrate apolymath artist who refuses to rest on his laurels, or to be pigeonholed into a particular practice.
Sold out after just two weeks, this second edition features a brand new cover.