Colourful, illuminated silhouettes - that's the idea behind London-based artist Vincent Poole's latest collection of three-dimensional collages. Each one is made up of photographs from a different section of London - from Notting Hill to Soho - and mounted on Perspex to replicate the look of coloured glass.
Lit-up photographs are pieced together to make up an outline of a person - a character Poole imagines might walk the streets of each area. The EC4 district - London's financial heart - is represented by a businessman holding a briefcase and making the hectic morning commute to work. Words and phrases such as 'Killer Instinct' and 'Boss' decorate his suit jacket, while images of fancy cars and brand-name designers represent his material aspirations.
Poole also captures a darker side of London. His collage of King's Cross displays the shadow of a woman in heels with her back against a wall. She is plastered with words such as 'Open', 'Pay', and 'Sex', a reference to the area's sordid history as a haven for crime and prostitution.
Poole claims to rebel against the 'pretentious nonsense' of the traditional art world and instead finds inspiration in modern graphic design. His studio is more like a factory, employing assistants to help him draw from a range of media (computer design, photography, construction) and produce artwork that can sell for up to £45,000. Poole says he loves the freedom that collage allows. With a variety of different images, the viewer is not restricted to one interpretation and, as the artist, Poole has the chance to create a full and immersive experience for the viewer.
His works have been displayed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East with his SW3 Chelsea being the most popular among art connoisseurs and interior designers. Looking past the headache of trying to coordinate Poole's work with your living room décor, the collages do spark conversations.