We now have a number of talented artists, illustrators and designers whose prints and photography we sell at the Lion Rock Press. It's time to introduce you to some of the people behind the prints! Hugo Busbridge is first in the series sharing a bit more about himself and the inspiration behind the work he creates!
I've been practicing design for over 15 years now in various capacities: an Industrial Designer, a teacher, a consultant and more recently as a graphic artist and craftsman. I came out to Hong Kong in 2013 as a teacher and since then have gradually been building a name for myself in various design disciplines, mainly focusing on bespoke commissions. My mission is to create products of value born out of the individuality only afforded from bespoke, one-off scale. As a designer my values of design are that it should be honest, original and unique, moving away from mass production and back to old, hand-crafting techniques. As a result I don’t hold any ‘catalogue / off-the-hook pieces’. The majority of the products I develop are available only through a bespoke, tailored strategy.
As far as inspiration goes for my graphic artwork, it's broad and varied. Anything vintage, historical and evocative of a bygone era always piques the creative part of my brain. I've always loved European travel art from the mid 20th century and have more recently been really feeling 1980s neon / synth-wave style graphic art.
Favourite thing to do or see in Hong Kong
My favourite thing is to get off the beaten track and away from the crowds and explore hidden pathways and alleys, climbing secluded peaks and getting into the mountains before dawn to reset and ground myself.
Favourite place in Hong Kong to get inspiration for your work
hmm tricky! Recently I've been really having a thing for the historical plaques and lettering found on signages on buildings as found on some of the older houses on the peak and when you wander around the back of Wan Chai and Sheung Wan. Give me a golden hour in Chinese New Year (when no one is here) and a couple of hours to gently wander the side alleys of these neighbourhoods, with perhaps a little pause at a little watering hole and I'm brimming with inspiration.