Lee Hodges: Meet the artist behind the Grinagog Festival monsters
With Minigog around the corner, we wanted to meet the man behind the growing family of Grinagog Festival monsters. Meet Lee Hodges, an artist, illustrator, DJ, and co-founder of the much-loved Rambunctious Social Club.
Lee Hodges invited The Shorely into his private working studio. Lee comes from deepest, darkest Cornwall. The sea and coastline have always been a part of his life, and today he lives and works in South Devon.
There’s a South American Folk Art influence woven into every corner of his studio and work. Vibrantly painted guitars hang from the walls and decorative souvenirs adorn every nook and cranny. Lee is inherently drawn to vivid colours, so it’s little surprise that his global travels have left such a lasting impression on this artist.
"South American culture has a huge, huge, huge influence on my work. Sometimes you'll look at a graveyard up on a hill and it's sort of turquoise, orange and red, and different colours. It's like living in a country of rainbows." - Lee Hodges, artist and illustrator.
Lee’s bold style started with the renowned club night, that he co-founded called, Rambunctious Social Club. The visually striking posters he creates were a springboard to an international illustration career. The Rambunctious Social Club allowed him to experiment with ideas, including incredible hand painted set designs. This led to commissions to create stages at major Festivals including Bestival, Lovebox and Lincoln Centre - Out of Doors. Closer to home, Lee created the Grinagog Festival sea monster that adorned the Torre Abbey site in 2017 and 2018, and which return this year via the one-day Minigog (13 April 2019).
"Geraldine (of Egg Shed Arts) was responsible for making the big puppets you might have seen. That was really quite special to turn up to the Festival and see this 3D version of my illustration kind of wondering around - that was so amazing." - Lee Hodges, artist and illustrator.
Music isn't the only industry that appreciates Lee's wondrous talents. He’s worked with major retailers like Waitrose, created children’s book covers for Wayland Books and even illustrated a trivia board game called Poppycock! for Clarendon games. With this diversity of commissions, there’s plenty to keep Lee illustrating in his truly memorable style for many many years to come.
"Every job you get is exciting and can send you off on another direction creatively. It’s a great job I have.” - Lee Hodges, artist and illustrator.
See more of Lee Hodges’ work on his website and instagram page. There are still tickets available for Grinagog Presents: Minigog 2019 (13 April 2019), you can get your tickets here. Featuring Neville Staple Band, Dutty Monshine Big Band, Dat Brass, DJ Chris Tofu, Mr Nice, Aldo Vanucci, Alexander George, Cabarats, Crucial Kennedy, Fizzy Gillespie, Don Johnson, Elliot in Dubs, Frighdays, It’s A Swing Thing and many many more, see https://www.facebook.com/GrinagogFestival/