Usamah Kise

Usamah Kise is an Illustrator and Artist from Nottingham, now based in London. His specialism is principally within reportage illustration combined with  mixed media collage. Reportage Illustration is an art form that in its essence documents and observes the world around us. And in his case cities and telling the stories of the lives of the people who live and pass through it.
Coming from a background of graffiti, with 7 years’ experience, graffiti  played a huge impact on his prolific style and has gotten him to where he is now. It's given him the opportunity to work with other artists, musicians and travel the world. Example of this are being part of the well-recognized documentary ‘Pride, Pole and Prejudice’ shown at the infamous Regent Street cinema which was nominated at 2015 Santé Fe film awards in New Mexico, working with political activist, artist and poet ‘Lowkey’ and being part of a DVD about the history of Nottingham graffiti which was shown at Nottingham Trent University.
As Kise has gotten older, his style has naturally developed and moved away from typographic letters and graffiti and more in to Illustration. Many have  described his style as very expressive, aggressive and playful. He is notorious for incorporating a range of different techniques within each piece and making each one individual. He aims to find a balance between looseness and sharpness.(www.usamahkise.com)







 

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