‘You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close’ is just one of the messages that Anthony Oram has illustrated in his series of limited-edition prints. When he’s not flying down a hill on his bike Anthony likes to play with ideas. It was this drive that encouraged him to create his fun and really rather poignant screen prints as an outlet for his ‘overactive mind’. To get him to indulge us further, we went all Wiggins and cycled alongside Anthony and got him to answer our 20 questions…
1. Why bikes?
Escapism, fun, adrenalin, being in the woods is as far away from a computer as I can be when I need to clear my head.
2. Bradley Wiggins or Eddy Merckx?
I think maybe Mr Wiggins for what he has done this year, it’s an amazing achievement.
3. What’s been your longest bike ride?
I ride mountain bikes not road bikes so not as far as it could be, but I did once do the Dyfi Enduro Race, which nearly killed me, 60k off road.
4. What inspires you and makes you get out of bed in the morning?
The dog wanting his breakfast normally, but I do love to play with ideas and always have a notebook nearby
5. What’s your top design tip?
Start with a pen and paper, away from the computer.
6. What did you want to be when you were 10?
7. What does your favourite personal design depict?
I think my favourite print to date has been my ‘Ride it Like You Stole It’. Computers do screenprints no justice, they look lovely in real life.
8. Favourite artist?
Easy, Mark Rothko, just fascinated by the simplicity but yet so much depth to his work.
9. Favourite TV/box set show?
Now that’s a tough one, it would be a toss up between The Wire and Breaking Bad, can’t call that one sorry.
[Fab choice! Ed.]
10. What song was number one the year you were born?
A Google search tells me it was David Cassidy – Daydreamer… not a good day for music.
11. Favourite film?
Another tough one, either 12 Angry Men or Glen Gary Glen Ross, great stories, great acting.
12. What does make you despair for the human race?
Too many things, how long have you got…
13. Takeaway or home-cooked meal?
Home cooked roast, yum.
14. How do you spend your weekends?
If I am not working, then as far away from the computer as possible, normally in a wood walking the faithful hound or on a bike getting muddy.
15. What one thing can you not live without?
16. City or country?
Another easy one, the countryside every time, slower pace of life, open space, fresh air.
17. Cats or dogs?
18. What was the last thing you bought?
Some milk for my tea – I can’t be without a brew for more than about 30 mins.
19. What’s your motto?
Probably a bit tacky, but ‘Seize the day’ I think too many people want stuff handed to them and you should just go and do it if you want to achieve something.
20. If you were invisible for the day what would you do?
I have no idea, it would be fun to be a fly on the wall at Buckingham Palace, I would love to see what the Queen is like out of the public eye.
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