Fuad Ali

Meet illustrator Fuad Ali (a.k.a. Foo).

When not working, Foo has a lot of hobbies: ‘I enjoy socialising with friends, watching films, reading…’ He also likes networking, drawing, jogging and ‘praying for good fortune!’

Read on to find out more about Foo, his work for the V&A and the exhibitions he has worked on.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I have a BA Degree in Illustration from the University of Westminster and an established NVQ qualification in Culture Heritage & Visitor Services through working with the V&A Museum last year. It was set up by the Culture Quarter Programme’s future job funds alongside other art & creative industries. I mainly worked alongside the conservation team in which I intended to the maintenance of the sculptures of the Medieval & Renaissance. I loved working after-hours at the museum. I also had the chance to set up exhibitions there, and also working alongside the Technical Services when handling objects. I currently have two exhibitions on the go: Drawing Crowds, which is about journey and the exploratory use of drawing; the second is The Ghost of Gone Birds exhibition, where I have worked alongside well-known names like Jamie Hewlett, Ralph Steadman, Sir Peter Blake, and amongst many others. That exhibition is building awareness of the extinction of birds.

What are your inspirations?

The people that I have met during the course of my life, travelling to far-off places – adventure helps me get inspired with my creative counter-part.

What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?

The Postcard From Afar (below) which was for Drawing Crowds. It explored the idea of a journey and I used my own personal experiences to engage with the concept. It was also a favourite because I felt proud that it was selected for the exhibition, and I bought my first ever frame for it too (which, let me tell you, cost quite a lot!)

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

It’s difficult but I love Francis Bacon. A lot of my images are somewhat influenced by him. A close second is Ashley Wood because I wish I could paint as well as him!

Visit Foo’s website and blog. Tweet him here: @FooIllustration.

All images © Foo Ali. To view them in clearer detail, click on them.

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