Kerry Roper biography in Biographies from the artzine on artrepublic.com
Kerry Roper is a London based British artist and designer. His work combines illustration, collage, photography and typography using both traditional media, such as ink and paints and digital media.
Kerry Roper was born in Abedare in South Wales. In an interview he revealed, "ever since I was a young child I thoroughly enjoyed drawing, photography and all things arty."
He has a background in advertising which has influenced his strong visual approach. He has also been influenced by artists and designers such as Peter Blake, David Carson, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Joseph Beuys.
In 2010 the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum London) selected Kerry Roper's works 'Modern Youth', 'Con Amor' and 'Time Waits For No Man' as part of its Street Art Touring Exhibition alongside work by Blek Le Rat, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, D*Face and Ben Eine.
Kerry Roper has illustrated for Nike, Snickers and Topshop. Topshop commissioned T-shirt by Roper for their Illustreight range. In 2006 the Air Jordan division of Nike chose Roper to create a T-shirt to celebrate 20 years of Michael Jordan which featured in the London Nike Town store.
He has also worked closely with records labels such as Hed Kandi and with other numerous bands as art director. His 'Candy' series is based on the model names found around the infamous red light area of Soho, London. He has created numerous sleeves for bands – one of the iconic ones being for Devil's Gun featuring two guns forming a goat skull.