The Horror! The Horror! The illustrations of Faris Badwan

A delve into the sketchbooks of The Horrors frontman.

Indian Chief

Source: © Faris Badwan

Indian Chief

While band The Horrors may be best known for post-Robert Smith barnets, impossibly skinny trousers and sounding-more-than-a-bit-like Simple Minds, it turns out frontman Faris Badwan is also pretty nifty at illustration.

Sun City

Source: © Faris Badwan

Sun City

The Sidcup-born beanpole studied at St. Martins College of Art, and has since created artwork for bands including Hatcham Social and The Charlatans, as well as The Horrors themselves.

Marie Celeste

Source: © Faris Badwan

Marie Celeste

Next week a show at London’s Strand Gallery will present a series of his sketches and doodlings, with the Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan exhibition.

Real World

Source: © Faris Badwan

Real World

As well as his enormously detailed ink drawings, the show will also present a number of newer watercolour works, all taken from his trusty sketchbooks, large-scale reworkings of the pages and previously unseen acrylic pieces.

Investment Bankers School Reunion

Source: Faris Badwan

Investment Bankers School Reunion

Badwan says, ‘I draw all the time and as a result the books end up documenting everything. Aside from the visual diary aspect Proud Gallery will be exhibiting new unseen paintings and drawings more focused around colour and technique.

‘There were ideas in the last exhibition that I wanted to develop and expand upon, and a lot of the mark-making in the new work is more expressive and intense.’

24 Hour Technicolour Surveillance

Source: © Faris Badwan

24 Hour Technicolour Surveillance

Creatures in Colour: Sketchbooks from Faris Badwan runs from 18 – 30 September at The Stand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street  WC2N

Map of the World in Colour part 1

Source: © Faris Badwan

Map of the World in Colour part 1

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