Nick Wakeling from Impulse Prints is known for his unique mural art. Nick created the colourful mural on the pavement outside our workspace in addition to the window artwork on our ground floor. We recently caught up with Nick to discuss why he became an artist, his influences and his plans for year ahead…
I come from a non-art family background. I came into art by chance really. One day I started drawing random stuff and the family picked up on it. Next thing I know, I’m at Art College in Norwich Uni studying graphic design.
While I was there, I couldn’t really find my style but in my third and final year I found a strength in pattern making. I was finding inspiration from Aboriginal and Egyptian art, taking those patterns and using them within my own work.
After uni, one day my parents were having their wall decorated. They had ripped down all the old wallpaper and while waiting to replace it I just gave drawing on the empty wall a go. It took me about 3 days of solid work and it came out really well. Sadly, they went over with the new wallpaper – all that work lost! But then friends asked me to draw on their walls and here I am now.
I’ve been getting lots of commissions and it’s working out really well. Clients include Coco di Mama, Oculus, Kantar Added Value, Lomography, Global Street Art, Old Truman Brewery and the Peckham Bussey Building.
Normally I have the luxury of working inside with heating but the outside mural at This Time Next Year was a new challenge and a new surface to work on, in a way that I’ve never really approached before. It was great fun to research the project and plan it, but it was tricky at times battling with the very low temperatures and windy conditions at the start of the year. But it was great to work with a new surface and I think the colours came out better than the original plan. It was also great to work on such a large scale. It’s been one of my bigger projects to date so far. The electrical box added to the pavement mural and it all worked out in one and came out really well.
All the work that’s gone into This Time Next Year, it’s fantastic. It looks like a very original workspace, with lots of features. It’s great for bringing together different types of creative companies. I think it’ll be a very creative environment to work in.
The aim this year is to some bigger scale murals in Shoreditch and get my work seen there. I’ve just finished a mural in Penge, it seems to be an up and coming area to do street art. But I’m always keeping busy designing new murals and look forward to more people seeing my work.
You can look at Nick’s latest murals via his Instagram and Impulse Prints website