Mr Bingo

Artist

Mr Bingo was a commercial illustrator for 15 years, working regularly for clients such as The New Yorker, The Guardian, TIME, CH4, The Mighty Boosh & The New York Times. An archive of the thousands of illustrations from this period doesn’t exist online because he got bored once in a motorhome and deleted his entire portfolio website.

In 2015 he launched a Kickstarter to fund a book about his Hate Mail project. The campaign featured a rap video and a diverse selection of rewards including being trolled, having your washing up done, going on a date in Wetherspoons, being told to fuck off on Christmas Day and getting shitfaced on a train.

He decided around this period to never work for clients ever again and focus on being some sort of artist which he’s done ever since.

Session(s):

SESSION: ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MAKE A LIVING

Mr Bingo worked as a commercial illustrator for 15 years, with his work appearing on book jackets, advertising, TV, magazines, newspapers and packaging.

In 2015 he launched a kickstarter to fund a book which was a retrospective of his hugely popular Hate Mail project.

This was a turning point in his life and he realised that if the public were willing to fund his silly ideas, maybe he could turn this into a ‘career’ and stop working for clients for ever.

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