Drew Millward

Whilst it might seem that we are bit heavy on the music side of guests, we love art in all its glorious mediums. Thus, we were super excited to welcome internationally renowned artist Drew Millward for a chat on the Chinwag settee.

Born in Coventry, Drew grew up in Bolton, studied and lived in Leeds for many years and now lives in a quarry in the Aire Valley. He has been drawing pictures since around 2004. Drew likes to draw ‘the old fashioned way’, using pencils, pens and a love of the craft of illustration. While his subject matter can vary dramatically, he hopes that the attention to detail and the love of drawing is apparent throughout his work.

His arresting visual style has been described as depicting the benign terror of what’s just beyond our world” and “defined by an accessible creepiness.” Yet this doesn’t do him justice, his work is both accessible and complex, cuddly and disturbing, yet truly defies categorization. Imagine if you will the interior of the peak of your acid binge where the divide between light and dark merges…. We are blessed to have him as a local artist and his work has adorned many spaces, seeping into our collective conscious for the better.

He has exhibited throughout the US, UK, Europe and beyond, as well as having the pleasure of creating work for an ever growing international client base which includes Nike, Epitaph Records, Warner Music, Disturbia Clothing, Any Forty, Kapitol Skateboards, Dirtyface, BSI Merch, Vannen Watches, Alamo Drafthouse, Mondo Tees, Paint The Stars, Set Your Goals, Mogwai, Bon Iver, Sonic Youth, Gallows, Oceansize, Pulled Apart By Horses, Hawk Eyes, Circa Survive, Arctic Monkeys, You Ate My Dog, Narrows, Humanfly, Flight of The Conchords.

I hope Drew won’t mind me sharing this (sorry mate, rhetorical for effect!); after our public chat we had a private one, where I picked him up about a comment he made on social media a bit back about the idea of Husker Du reforming. It was a lovely chat and I kind of wished I’d had the nerve to ask it in front of a roomful of people. I wonder if the people in that room wouldve been interested in watching two blokes chat about husker du? Drew, I hope we get the opportunity to continue our conversation about the real great american songbook.