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Sign Painter, London

The Hackney-based graphic designer puts his hand-drawn stamp on larger-than-life signage across the capital

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If you’re a Londoner, chances are you’ve seen the work of Corin Kennington. His bold, hand-painted lettering can be found dominating walls and restaurant signs in all corners of the city. The graphic designer has taken the age-old art of lettering and applied to it a thoroughly modern outlook.

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“Growing up, I used to draw graffiti at school,” Kennington explains. “Which I guess taught me the foundations of structuring letterforms and engaged my interests from a young age.” With a background in graphic design, he now specialises in hand painted letterforms and large scale typographic murals. He is part of a growing scene who have reacted to fast-paced advances in technology by getting traditional. “I’m drawn to the human element of printing and painting by hand,” Kennington explains. “As much as I strive for perfection in my work, there is an originality and authenticity in the imperfections and hand crafted nature of traditional methods.”

So when brands are looking for a personal touch, Kennington is often their first port of call. He has recently worked with Polpo Restaurants, Camden Town Brewery and ZSL London Zoo. Plus, his style is decidedly ‘go big or go home’. A recent collaboration with Newham Council and design studio Thomas Mathews saw huge murals sprawled across five buildings in Stratford.

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But his work is also at home in a gallery setting. A recent show, 70X100 at The Book Club in Shoreditch, featured a series of his hand painted letterforms exploring what Kennington describes as “a digital aesthetic achieved through using glass as a medium, which contrasts the hand painted nature and manual processes used to create each piece.”

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Kennington may be keeping a nostalgic art form alive, but he has no desire to become an anachronism. “I am keen to explore and develop ways of combining analogue processes and techniques with more contemporary technology and digital ways of working,’ he explains. And he has plans to go even bigger in 2018 - “I want to paint more of my own ideas and increase the scale,” he exclaims. London’s blank walls await - Kennington’s designs are coming.