Studying graphic design at London College of Printing, Ian Wright has always been comfortable in the company of both designers and illustrators; it has always been about the ideas and the conversation. He has a genuine fascination for people, an interest in character beyond just their representation. For many years teaching occupied much of his time, and there are many graduates from both Camberwell and Brighton who have been inspired by a dialogue with Ian.
It was whilst a student himself that Ian began a dialogue with NTA Studios, the influential illustration team, comprising of George Hardie, Bush Hollyhead, Bob Lawrie and Malcolm Harrison, whose witty and eccentric work always had a conceptual edge. From writing fanmail to them, he found a commonality in what they were reading and looking at. That led to a working relationship with the studio, at first helping out here and there to eventually working on cover designs for the likes of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, gaining a knowledge of how the business of Illustration worked. This communal aspect of working in a studio has always been important, and is how I got to know Ian myself at Studio 100 London.